Cliff faller rescued at Rhossili

UK Coastguard coordinated the rescue of a man who had fallen from cliffs into the sea at Rhossili in South Wales.

Milford Haven Coastguard received multiple 999 calls at 7.43pm on Saturday from people at the beach at Rhossili reporting that a man had fallen around 60 feet down a cliff and into the sea.  It was also reported that people had entered the water to help the man.

Milford Haven Coastguard requested the RNLI lifeboat from Horton and Coastguard rescue teams from Rhossili and Mumbles and the man and a friend were recovered from the water by the lifeboat and then transferred to hospital with minor injuries and suspected hypothermia on the Coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan.  South Wales Police and ambulance service as well as South Wales Fire and Rescue service were also on scene.  The faller was reported to be a holiday visitor to the area.

With holiday season in full swing, Coastguards are offering the following safety advice for cliff and coastal walkers:
"Make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast before you set out. Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top. Do not attempt self rescue. If you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Carry a mobile phone, tell people where you are going and when you expect to return"

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