UPDATE: Mum’s thank you after boy survives 40ft cliff plunge

Charlie Atkinson
Charlie Atkinson

The mum of a boy who fell 40 feet from a cliff in Heysham has hailed his friend a hero for getting help for her son.

Emma Perie has also paid tribute to the emergency services who were scrambled to the cliffs behind St Peter’s Church just after 7pm on Sunday.

Eight-year-old Charlie Atkinson, who goes to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Morecambe, suffered head, leg and back injuries in the fall.

He is still in hospital but Emma said he should make a full recovery in time.

Coastguard crews arrived to find Charlie being cared for by an off-duty paramedic and an ambulance team.

Emma, who posted the tribute to Facebook and has given The Visitor permission to use it, said: “I would like to thank all the people who have helped my son, his friend Oliver who was so brave and got help for Charlie you are a real hero.

“Morecambe Coastguard, lifeboats, North West Air Ambulance, all the staff at Alder Hay in Liverpool, the off duty paramedic who was thankfully in the area at the time and all the people around who helped.”

A spokesman for the Coastguard said they placed a hovercraft on standby because of early concerns the air ambulance would not be able to land.

Hovercraft Commander Dave Smith said: “In another 10 minutes, with the incoming tide, the air ambulance would have had insufficient room on the beach to land.

“In this case, we would have taken the casualty on board and transported him to an appropriate transfer site.”