Lucky escape for Island teenager

By Mal Butler and Martin Neville

Sunday, September 9, 2012

 

AN Isle of Wight teenager is today (Sunday) recovering at home after an ordeal which could have ended in tragedy.

Holly Casling, 17, was found semi-unconscious and suffering from hypothermia on the beach below cliffs near Freshwater Bay last on Friday night.

She had slipped on the rocks as she walked from Brook to Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, and had been there for around three hours before she was found.

She was only rescued after a local fisherman heard her cries for help.

The Freshwater Independent Lifeboat was called out at around 8.50pm on Friday night and the Needles cliff team also attended.

Holly, who lives in Freshwater, was taken onto the lifeboat and met by an ambulance at the station.

She was treated at St Mary's Hospital but is now back home.

Coxswain Andy Cotton, told the County Press: "She was very lucky that a passing fisherman heard her calls for help.

"It could have been a lot more serious because the tide was coming in."

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