How Truro schoolboy Georgie Mitchell survived 100ft cliff fall at Newquay
A teenager from Truro has told how she found her friend at the bottom of cliffs after a death-defying 100ft fall.
Georgie Mitchell, 15, from Truro, tumbled down the sheer cliffs at Newquay after he climbed over a wall to pick up a cigarette he had dropped.
Georgie, a pupil at Penair School, miraculously survived the perilous fall but was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with multiple broken bones.
Amy Booker, who has known Georgie all of his life, ran down to the bottom of the cliffs at Great Western beach to find her friend alive but in agony.
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Amy and Georgie and other friends were all staying in Newquay for the night at the Great Western Hotel.
She 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. He was trying to get up and we had to hold him down.”
Amy thanked her friend Mike Hayes in particular for helping Georgie when he was on the floor and keeping him talking.
“If it wasn’t for Mike I don’t know where things would be now,” she said.
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 Plymouth.
Amy said Georgie was now in intensive care with two broken legs and a broken arm.
Georgie’s Facebook site has been flooded with messages of support and Amy described the youngster as “popular as anything”.
She said: “If you have anything wrong you go to talk to Georgie. I’ve known him for 15 years and he has always been there for me.”
Amy thanked all of the emergency services for their part in rescuing Georgie and urged others to be careful around the coast.
“Please stay away from the cliffs and take extra care when you are around the cliffs and beaches,” she said.