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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Boy rescued after falling 20ft into Maryport harbour

A 13-year-old boy has been saved by a passer-by after falling into Maryport harbour this afternoon.

The teenager was reportedly fishing with a younger boy when he fell around 20 feet from the North Pier at 1pm.

It is not yet clear how long the boy was in the water before he was pulled to safety by the man but it is thought to be around 10-15 minutes.

The man was able to lower a length of rope down the harbour wall to the youngster and pull him back up.

Members of HM Coastguard, Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat, police and ambulance rushed to the scene. A team from HM Coastguard went from a training exercise in Workington to support the rescue efforts.

Praising the boy's hero and rescue efforts, Denis McCallig, station officer at HM Coastguard Maryport, said: "I'm not completely sure but it's thought the lad was gripping on to seaweed on the pier wall when he was spotted.

"This lad will never be as lucky again. Had the tide been higher there would've been a stronger current and it would've taken him out. Had it been out he would've fallen another eight or nine feet and you don't know what injuries that could've caused. 

"If it wasn't for the man who was walking in the area you don't know what would've happened."

The boy has been taken to hospital, believed to be the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Did you see the rescue? Call our newsdesk on 01228 612654 or email news@cumbrian-newspapers.co.uk

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