AN Isle of Wight coastguard cliff rescue team assisted a frightened and lost mainland teenager in the early hours of this morning (Saturday).
The 19-year-old man was rescued by the Bembridge Coastguard team after he tried to scale muddy 100ft cliffs between Forelands and Whitecliff Bay and feared he would fall.
He used his mobile phone to alert rescuers and was found after an hour-long search.
It led coastguards to repeat warnings about cliff climbing, particularly after recent wet weather which has made them unstable.
Station officer Martin Groom said: "He had visited a local pub, decided to walk along the beach in order to return to where he was staying, and took the wrong decision to climb the cliff.
"Although cold and tired the man wasn’t hurt but had a lucky escape as climbing cliffs should never be attempted especially following the recent spell of very wet weather, which has made the clffs around the Island more unstable than usual.
"Walkers are also reminded to keep well away from the base of cliffs at all times - especially following the very high tides we have just had and the wet weather."