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Coastguard descends seventy feet to save six children

Year 1885

Read by Nada Alkutbi – Supporter, Royal Humane Society

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White, Joseph, Coastguard.

On the 11th October, 1885, at Ryhope, Seaham, six children when playing in the sands had their retreat cut off by the tide and took refuge in a cave at the bottom of the cliffs.

On their situation becoming known to the salvor he obtained some small lines, twisted them together, and descended by them to the beach (a height of seventy feet). He found the children in a most exhausted state, the youngest having been washed twice out of the cave and back again.

The man took off his clothing and by means of the line managed to send five of the children in succession to the top of the cliff, the youngest being in such an exhausted state that the salvor was compelled to wade 300 yards through the surf with the child in his arms until he discovered a place where he was able to ascend.

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