Kids rescued from cliff at Bannockburn

The Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade line rescue crew carrying the boys to safety. PHOTO: LYNDA...
The Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade line rescue crew carrying the boys to safety. PHOTO: LYNDA VAN KEMPEN
The 45m bank, combined with slippery, wet soil, made it a challenging rescue for the fire crew....
The 45m bank, combined with slippery, wet soil, made it a challenging rescue for the fire crew. PHOTO: LYNDA VAN KEMPEN

Two nine-year-olds hunting crystals, rather than Pokemon, had to be rescued from a 45m cliff at Bannockburn this afternoon.

Good mates Harvey Brown and Carter Pearson biked out from their Cromwell homes on a mission to find quartz crystals and other rocks and fossils.


Their outing turned into more of an adventure after Harvey slipped several metres down a slippery clay bank and Carter went to his rescue. Both boys ended up on a narrow ledge above a sheer drop.

Jessie Dickie was walking around the Bannockburn inlet when she heard the boys talking and then spotted them up on the cliff face. She checked to see if they needed help and got their parents' phone numbers, contacting Carter's Dad, Stu, and suggesting he "bring a rope" with him.

She kept talking to the boys and told them to stay where they were.

"One of the things I said was :' it must be a good view up there'. 'Yeah, it is, but pretty scary', one of them replied."

Mr Pearson arrived five minutes later.

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