Trio rescued from Chalk Pit in Portsmouth by Fire Service

A safety warning has been issued by fire crews after three young girls had to be dramatically rescued from the face of a Portsmouth chalk pit on Sunday afternoon.

The youngster had been trying to scale the chalk pit at when he became stuck about 30m up the 70m feature.

Two friends who had been climbing with them raised the alarm, sparking a rescue operation.

First on the scene were the crew of a Cosham fire appliance, who immediately called in the for further specialist assistance from the Rescue tender and a second appliance also based at Cosham. The three had become trapped in the caves after a Sunday afternoon adventure. A Southsea crew equipped with an aerial ladder platform was also sent to the scene but was not needed.
The rescue operation was completed at 5.50pm – just half an hour after the emergency call came in. Crews used a 13.5 meter ladder to rescue the the trio bring them back to hard standing ground. It is not thought that any of the youngests where hurt apart from their pride

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