The parents of 34 Stamford Hill teenagers who were saved from a treacherous Kent shoreline have raised £5,000 for their rescuers.
The boys, aged 13 and 14, and two adults from Ahvas Yisroel community centre in Stamford Hill on Monday became stranded on a coastal walk below a dangerous cliff fall area.
As the tide crept in and darkness fell the hiking party raised the alarm with Kent police.
A helicopter, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Langdon coastguard team were called to the rescue. They were guided to the shore by the screens of mobile phones being waved by the lost party.
Helicopter footage captured the boys scrambling up boulders on the coast:
The walking group seemed to have ignored the signs that said: “The public are warned not to proceed beyond the beach because of the possibility of cliff falls and of being cut off by the rising tide.”
Parents of the teenagers have now raised £5,000 from their community for the RNLI. The boys plan to organise events throughout the summer to raise further funds for the charity.
Voluntary neighbourhood patrol group Shomrim also attended the scene on Monday evening. Today it tweeted a letter from the parents, which thanked the “swift action and heroism” of the RNLI station:
— Shomrim – London (@Shomrim) June 8, 2016