Two men safely rescued after climbing Welsh cliff

Two young men have been safely rescued after getting stuck on the cliffs at Pwll Llong, near Abercastle.

On Wednesday afternoon just before 5.30pm HM Coastguard received a 999 call from the men reporting they were in difficulty after attempting to climb up the cliff.

HM Coastguard sent in the St Davids and Fishguard Coastguard Rescue Teams, St Davids RNLI Lifeboat and the St Athan Coastguard helicopter to assist. 

Both men were safely winched off the rocks by the helicopter and taken to safety.  Despite their ordeal they were uninjured.

SAFETY ADVICE


By following these few simple safety tips you can keep yourself out of harm’s way on the coast…. 

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 and tidal times before you set out. Carry a fully charged mobile phone, and tell someone where you are going and what time you will be home. Only use the designated paths, take notice of any warning signs and fences in place, be responsible and don’t take an unnecessary risks.

Try and keep your dog on a lead near cliffs.  If they pick up the scent of an animal or hear something on the coast below it doesn’t take much for them to follow their nose.  Above all, if your dog does fall down a cliff or starts getting swept out to sea, please do not attempt to rescue it yourself.  Nine times out of ten your dog will rescue itself and return to shore alive, but tragically some owners do not.  Our Coastguards are trained in all types of rescue on the coast, including dog rescues. 

Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so and do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top and again.

When standing at the bottom of a cliff, we would always advise people that they shouldn’t stand less than the height of the cliff away.  That means that if the cliff is 25 metres high, don’t go closer than 25 metres towards it.




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