Hampshire Schoolgirl Dies In Cliff Fall

An 11-year-old girl from Hampshire has died in hospital after falling around 15ft from a cliff.

Officers were called to the beach at Perranporth, Cornwall, at around 1.15pm yesterday to find the child had slipped through a gap in a cliff into a water-filled cave, reported to be the entrance to a mine shaft.

The girl, who was on holiday with her family from Andover, was airlifted to Treliske Hospital in a critical condition but died last night, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said.

She was believed to have fallen as she climbed cliffs around a rockpool near the Droskyn Point car park.

Beach lifeguards and the St Agnes Coastguard rescue team also attended the incident, which is not being treated as suspicious.