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Man saves youth from cliff face

Year 1915

Read by Brendan Dineen – Governor, Royal Humane Society

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Landry, Richard, Farmer, Porthtowan, Cornwall.

About midday on the 7th September, 1915, a youth of 18, named William C. Greet, made an attempt to climb the cliff at Porthtowan, Cornwall. The cliff is about 300 feet in height, and when about a third of the way up he found he could neither go forward nor yet return, having only a very insecure foothold and a small tuft of grass to hold on to. A rope was obtained about a quarter of a mile away and this was lowered over, but from the overhanging nature of the cliff failed to reach the lad.

Richard Landry, a farmer who was at work near, volunteered to try and effect the rescue; going down the rope he was successful in reaching the lad, and by almost superhuman strength got him in front of him and with his burden climbed up hand over hand until he reached the top.

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