Helicopter rescue for Burntisland youths stranded on cliff

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Three youths from Burntisland were dramatically rescued by helicopter from the Binn Hill in Burntisland last night after becoming stranded in bad weather.

The alarm was raised shortly before 8.00 p.m. on Wednesday after the boys found themselves stranded on a cliff top on the hill.

Members of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service went out to attempt to rescue them and a line rescue unit containing specialist equipment was used.

However, as the weather deteriorated, with thunder, lightning and hail showers, it was decided it would be safer to airlift the walkers from the cliff.

A search and rescue helicopter was called to the scene shortly after 9.00 p.m. and the three youths, along with the two fire service rescuers were airlifted to safety.

After being checked over by paramedics the boys were allowed home.

The rescue helicopter above the houses of Burntisland

The rescue helicopter above the houses of Burntisland

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Three casualties were being lifted down to ground level.

“Line rescue units were dispatched but the three casualties and two firefighters were winched off the cliff face by a rescue helicopter because of the weather.”

Three casualties and two firefighters were winched off the cliff face by a rescue helicopter because of the weather.

The helicopter in position to airlift the stranded boys to safety

The helicopter in position to airlift the stranded boys to safety