Teenager 'stable' after 100ft Newquay cliff fall
A TEENAGER who fell 100ft off a Newquay cliff when he bent over to pick up a cigarette remains in a stable condition in hospital.
Georgie Mitchell, 15, from Truro, tumbled down the sheer cliffs near to Newquay's Great Western Hotel just after 10pm on Wednesday.
The teenager miraculously survived the perilous fall but was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with multiple broken bones.
He remained in a stable condition in intensive care yesterday with two broken legs and a broken shoulder.
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The accident happened when Georgie and other friends were all staying in the hotel.
Friend Amy Booker described how she ran down to the bottom of the cliffs at Great Western beach to find her friend alive but in agony.
She said: "He was there having a cigarette and he dropped it and he leaned over the wall and slipped and went tumbling backwards all the way down to the bottom.
"Our window was open so we heard the shout and I went running down straightaway. When we got there we couldn't hear anything, it was all silent.
"We all shouted his name and heard him moaning. I had to jump down and hold his head. He was trying to get up and we had to hold him down."
Amy, 17, of Truro, added: "I called an ambulance but then I had to get someone else to talk to them because it was all just too much.
"Georgie is still in hospital and he has two broken femurs and a broken shoulder but he is getting much better and it could have ended so differently."
Another friend called 999 and South West Ambulance Service, Newquay's coastguard rescue team and fire crews were scrambled to the scene.
The emergency services worked together to rescue the teenager before the rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose airlifted him to hospital.
Newquay Safe Partnership, which includes around 40 organisations, was formed in 2009 after two teenagers fell to their deaths from Newquay cliffs in separate incidents after drinking in local bars.
Rob Andrew, joint project lead for the partnership, said: "Our partners of Newquay Safe examine any accidents that happen in Newquay and if there is anything we can do, we will endeavour to do it.
"Our wishes go to the lad and his family and hopefully he will make a speedy recovery."
A spokeswoman from South West Ambulance Service said: "At 10.23pm on Wednesday, September 25, we attended a 15-year-old male victim who had fallen 100ft down a cliff."