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Two children have been rescued after becoming stranded on a ledge of a cliff in Folkestone this afternoon (15 April).
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) were called to The Leas area of the town at 1:08pm after two girls, believed to be both 12 years old, had climbed down onto a wooden ledge to retrieve a mobile phone and were unable to get back up.
Crews used safe access equipment to reach the children who were then helped to safety by the KFRS line rescue team. They were then given a precautionary check at the scene by the ambulance service.
Folkestone Watch Manager, Christian Redmond said: “The girls had climbed down onto the ledge but unfortunately then became stuck as it’s about five metres down the cliff face. They were about 10 metres from the ground so needed our help in getting to safety.
“While we understand kids like to explore we would ask parents to ensure their children are aware of the dangers of playing around coastal areas especially near cliff edges. Thankfully this didn’t have a serious ending but clearly we’d rather people didn’t put themselves in a position where they need our help."