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Borth and Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats rescue students cut-off by tide.

Lifeboats News Release

At 5.40pm on Saturday evening (26 November) the Borth and Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats were called out by The UK Coastguard to reports of two students cut-off by the tide near Clarach.

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The two students had been enjoying the fine November weather but found themselves cut-off by the incoming tide as it got dark. They were able to call The UK Coastguard for assistance who in turn called out the two RNLI lifeboats.

The Aberystwyth Atlantic class lifeboat was quickly on scene and located the position of the casualties using a parachute flare. One of the Aberystwyth volunteer crew went ashore to ensure that the students were in a safe position and didn't need immediate medical assistance. They then waited for the smaller Borth RNLI D-class inshore lifeboat to arrive as this would be able to approach the cliff and rescue the casualties.

Once on scene the Borth lifeboat quickly picked up the students. They were both very cold as they had been in an exposed position and unable to get to safety unaided. The Borth RNLI volunteers took the students back to the safety of Clarach beach where the local Coastguard were waiting along with an ambulance. The ambulance transferred the casualties to Bronglais General Hospital where they could be warmed up and monitored to ensure that they were not suffering from the effects of hypothermia.

Once the casualties had been handed over to the ambulance service the two lifeboats and their crews returned to station.

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For more information please contact Dave Reynolds, Volunteer Deputy Launching Authority and Lifeboat Press Officer, Borth RNLI lifeboat station, on (H) 01970 871493 or (M) 07941 526437 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

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