Margate Coastguard and fire service called in after child gets stuck in hole at Kingsgate Bay cliff

Margate Coastguard and KFRS at the scene (Photo HM Coastguard Margate)

A child had to be rescued after getting stuck in a hole in the cliff at Kingsgate Bay today (September 12)

HM Coastguard Margate were tasked by UK Coastguard to attend at 2.30pm.

On arrival it was established the child had climbed the cliff and got into a cave and was unable to get back down.

Coastguard officers were devising a plan of how they would get the child out and although they could have sent an officer over the cliff they decided the best way would be to ask for the assistance of Kent Fire and Rescue with a ladder.

Three fire engines were sent to the scene at 2.56pm.

A Kent Fire and Rescue service spokesperson said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to Whiteness Road, Broadstairs by the Coastguard to a young person that had climbed into a cave and was unable to get back down. Crews used a short extension ladder and walked them down to be reunited with their parents.”

A HM Coastguard Margate spokesperson added: “It was a great bit of interagency working.”

Crews finished at the scene at 3.19pm


  1. I had to smile just a little bit as that was just the sort of escapade I used to get up to as a quite small youngster.
    I never had to call to be rescued though, perhaps this budding Bear Grylls was braver than I!
    A frightening moment for the poor lad and his parents I am sure and just so glad everything worked out ok. Well done the various services.
    Keep exploring, young man and enjoy life to the full!

  2. Because it’s politically incorrect to use the generic “he” or “him” when referring to a singular person of unknown gender.
    It’s seen everywhere: the use of the plural “them”, rather than the singular “he” or “she”.
    “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew them …”

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