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A wannabe Spiderman was left red-faced after his cliff climbing exploits went wrong, resulting in a callout to Kent Fire and Rescue Service for rescue.
The man – who’s believed to be in his late 20s – was stuck in a small cave, halfway up the cliff face at Lanthorne Road, Broadstairs on Tuesday afternoon (6 August).
KFRS was called shortly before 5pm and sent two appliances to the scene. Crews carried a seven metre ladder across the beach before pitching it up to rescue the man.
Margate Watch Manager Paul Ward said: “It appears that the gentleman was showing everyone how good at climbing he was by climbing into a chalk cave, around 35 foot up the cliff face. Having scaled the cliff, he reached his objective but then realised - to his shame and horror - that he was a little too nervous to climb down. Luckily KFRS were on hand to save the day!”
The man received some gentle banter from crews before his rescue but Paul says it sends out a serious message too: “People don’t realise how dangerous these areas can be and it’s very easy to get into difficulty. Fortunately this didn’t have a serious ending but clearly we’d rather people didn’t put themselves in a position when they need to call out our crews, especially when resources are already stretched during the summer months dealing with outdoor fires.”