Teenager trapped 50m within North Somerset cave

PUBLISHED: 21:47 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:47 03 August 2017

Emergency services on the scene for the cave rescue in Burrington. Picture: Paul Clarke (Twitter)

Emergency services on the scene for the cave rescue in Burrington. Picture: Paul Clarke (Twitter)

Paul Clarke (Twitter)

A teenager got trapped 50 metres within a North Somerset cave this evening (Thursday).

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers were dispatched to Burrington at about 4.30pm and spent several hours on the scene before getting the 17-year-old to safety.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The fire service attended the report of one male stuck within a cave.

“Fire appliances from Avon, Devon and Somerset, along with Specialist Rescue Teams and Specialist Supporting Officers were mobilised to this incident.

“Crews attended from Weston-super-Mare and Blagdon with their Supporting Officers and crews from Devon and Somerset were Barnstaple, Cheddar, Bridgwater and Wells.

“The first informative message from crews on scene reported a 17-year-old male stuck 50 metres within cave, inter agency liaison was taking place with the Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team and Avon Fire Service.”

Police closed the nearby road to allow emergency services sole access to the cave.

Firefighters, paramedics and specialist rescue teams were able to reach the boy within three hours and get him to safety.

No details about any potential injuries have been released by the emergency services at this stage.

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