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Coastguard rescues three climbers
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The climbers had planned to abseil down the 300ft cliffs
Three climbers had to be winched to safety by the coastguard after they got stuck halfway down a 300ft cliff.

One of the climbers called the coastguard on his mobile phone when they ran into difficulty on cliffs at the Needles off the Isle of Wight.

The team had planned to abseil down the cliffs, but were forced to give up when the light began to fade and they had become disorientated.

The coastguard helicopter rescued them at about 6.50pm on Saturday.

Jennifer Taylor, Solent Coastguard acting watch manager, said: "The climbers were all very well prepared, having informed us that they would be abseiling down the cliffs.

"They made the correct decision in contacting the coastguard rather than risking injury or worse, as darkness set in before they could complete their climb."

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