Mother hails "miracle" survival of Truro teenager's 100ft cliff fall
THE survival of a Truro teenager after a 100ft cliff fall is "a miracle", according to the boy's mother.
Penair School pupil Georgie Mitchell, 15, was left with two broken legs, a broken arm, a dislocated shoulder and a fractured eye socket after the death-defying fall.
Georgie tumbled down the sheer cliffs overlooking Newquay's Great Western beach after he climbed over a wall to pick up a cigarette he had dropped.
He was found by friends who alerted emergency services and rushed down to the beach to find Georgie alive but in agony.
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Georgie's mother, Sarah Mitchell, said she could not stop screaming when she was first told of her son's fall.
She said: "With a 100ft fall you would expect instant death. He is an absolute miracle. At the end of the day the main thing is Georgie is alive. He is so lucky to be here – he has been saved for a reason and something good will come out of it."
The police, South West Ambulance Service, Newquay's coastguard rescue team and fire crews went to the scene.
Rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose airlifted him to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he has undergone a series of operations.
Mrs Mitchell said: "I would like to thank sincerely and from the bottom of my heart all of the emergency services involved in saving Georgie's life.
"Friends and family have been amazing and we are so grateful to all the staff at Derriford."
Georgie was in intensive care until Tuesday and still being treated at Derriford at the time of going to press. Mrs Mitchell said doctors hoped to be able to transfer him to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro to be closer to friends and family.
On September 25, the night of the fall, Georgie and friends were all staying at the Great Western Hotel in Newquay for a night out.
Amy Booker, who has known Georgie all of his life and was there, said: "He was there having a cigarette and he dropped it and he leaned over the wall and slipped and went all the way down to the bottom.
"We all just ran out of the hotel and ran down. We couldn't hear anything, it was all silent. We all shouted his name and heard him moaning. I had to jump down and held his head."
Georgie's Facebook site has been flooded with messages of support and Amy described the youngster as "popular as anything".