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Busy weekend for Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat volunteers were called to Rhossili after reports a man had fallen from a cliff.

On Saturday shortly before 8pm Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat was launched after information had been received of someone in difficulty, having fallen from a cliff in Rhossili. 

The lifeboat immediately made its way to Rhossili Bay and the casualty was located on rocks near to the Worms Head Hotel.

He was injuries and was taken on board the lifeboat, given initial treatment and taken into the shore and handed over to the helicopter crew on the beach. 

He had fallen approximately 20 metres. A friend of the casualty had tried to reach him by swimming towards the rocks. He had got into difficulty and was in turn rescued by people from the beach.

Both the casualty and his friend were conveyed by helicopter to Moriston Hospital for treatment.  The lifeboat and its volunteer crew returned to station. The volunteer lifeboat crew were Helm Matt Fifield and Josh Cotell.

Jeff Payne, Deputy Launching Authority at Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat station, said: ‘I would remind people walking at, along or close to cliff edges to take care and to ensure that they are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing.

'Anyone who sees someone else in difficulty in the sea or near cliffs should not enter the water to try and help, which could result in them getting into difficulty. Rather people are advised to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

It was a busy period for the Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station as the boat had been launched on Friday (22 July) after information was received that a person was missing between Oxwich Bay and Three Cliffs. 

Before the boat reached Oxwich Bay the search was stood down as the person had been found safe and well. 

RNLI media contacts:

For more information please contact Brin Hurford, Horton and Port Eynon RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, by emial on brinleyhurford@hotmail.com or 07968 269550 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496, 01745 585162 or Chris-Cousens@rnli.org.uk

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