A bit of cliff climbing ended badly for one youngster when they had to be airlifted from a Cornish beach yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Kennack Sands on the Lizard Peninsula on Friday, following reports of someone stuck on the cliffs.

Lifeguards at the beach raised the alarm, and volunteer coastguards with both Mullion and Porthoustock coastguard rescue teams were scrambled, along with the coastguard search and rescue helicopter.

The coastguard rescue helicopter lands on the beach at Kennack  Picture: Mullion Coastguards

The coastguard rescue helicopter lands on the beach at Kennack Picture: Mullion Coastguards

The helicopter was then able to winch the youngster from the side of the cliff and return them to their family without injury.

A spokesperson for the Mullion team said: "The team was paged yesterday alongside Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team, to assist a young casualty stuck on the cliffs at Kennack Sands.

"With the coastguard helicopter in attendance to winch the casualty to safety, our role was to keep the beach clear from the many visitors enjoying the sunshine.

"The casualty was free of injury and safely returned to their family.

"Both teams were then stood down and returned to station for next tasking.

"Thanks also to the Kennack Sands Lifeguards for raising the alarm."

If you see someone you think is in trouble on the coast or at sea, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The helicopter prepares to winch the climber from the cliff  Picture: Mullion Coastguard

The helicopter prepares to winch the climber from the cliff Picture: Mullion Coastguard