Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A teenager scales new heights in Hastings

A teenage girl looking for adventure got more than she bargained for when she got stuck up a tree and had to be rescued by Hastings firefighters.

The 13-year-old had underestimated the height of the tree, scaling 25 feet and found she was unable to get down.

A concerned friend contacted East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service whereupon a crew were sent out to rescue her in the middle of Filsham Valley Woods last night (30th April) at 7.47pm, carrying ladders through brambles and undergrowth.

The 10.5 metre ladder was then set-up and a firefighter came to her rescue and the girls were escorted safely out of the woods.

Crew Manager Dave Sullivan said: “The girl was ok but a little cold as she had been stuck up there for an hour. It was just one of those things and you don’t want to stop kids climbing trees and venturing out.”

In fact, climbing a tree is one of the National Trust’s fifty recommended activities for kids to do. However, they do have a few tips for parents.

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