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Cardigan RNLI launches after car goes over cliff

Lifeboats News Release

Two lifeboats from Cardigan RNLI were launched after a car went over the cliff and fell around 60m at Mwnt.

At 8.03pm on Friday (17 June) Milford Haven Coastguard received a call saying that the car had fallen and the volunteer lifeboat crew were paged to respond a minute later.

Both the station’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross and D-class lifeboat Elsie Ida Meada were launched and attended the scene, where Gwbert and Cardigan coastguard teams, the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter 187, police, ambulance and fire service personnel were also in attendance.

Once the RNlI charity lifeboats arrived it was found that a vehicle had gone over the cliffs from a field and had landed upside down in a small gully.

Some of the volunteer crew were dropped off close to the scene and entered the vehicle to work out the best way to remove the casualty.

The crew of the inshore lifeboat, in discussion with a police officer at the scene, extricated the casualty from the vehicle and brought him aboard the lifeboat to be returned to the boathouse.

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows the two Cardigan RNLI lifeboats on scene at Mwnt. Credit RNLI/Cardigan

The attached video shows the two RNLI lifeboats from Cardigan at the scene with some crew members ashore working out the best way to remove the casulaty. Credit RNLI/Cardigan

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For more information please telephone Tracy Newman, Cardigan RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press officer on 07805 246975, or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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