Posted on 13 Aug, 2010
The RAF Search and Rescue Sea King helicopter, “Rescue 169” based in Chivenor, was involved in the rescue of a person from a cliff late Wednesday night after becoming stuck.
Emergency services searched Newgale beach last night, following reports that an 11-year-old boy was stuck in a precarious position twenty foot up a cliff.
Milford Haven Coastguard received a 999 call at 9.25pm. Broadhaven and St Davids coastguards were tasked to the beach, RAF 169 from Chivenor was requested and Little Haven inshore lifeboat was launched.
The casualty was located and the lifeboat provided lighting to illuminate the rescue.
Coastguards, using cliff rescue equipment, lowered two rope men down to the casualty, who turned out to be an 18-year-old man, not a child as believed by the caller.
Coastguards first secured the teen, who was in a very dangerous position. Then all three were lowered to the base of the cliff.
The man did not require medical attention and suitable safety advice was given. The rescue helicopter was stood down and returned to Chivenor.
Coastguard said they had dealt with several incidents yesterday, all around the British coast, which involved people climbing and getting stuck on cliffs.
One such incident in Cornwall resulted in the death of an 11-year-old girl who slipped and fell.
“We would remind all, that cliffs can be dangerous,” said a coastguard spokesman, “and we would ask parents to ensure that their children are not placing themselves at risk.”
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