Tenby all-weather lifeboat launches to assist climbers cut off by heavy swell

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby's RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 7.30pm tonight (14 October) after a report that two people were cut off by the tide on Church Rock, Broadhaven.

They were climbers who had kayaked out to the rock earlier in the day, but with the incoming tide and a building swell, they were prevented from getting back to shore.

The Haydn Miller made best speed to Broadhaven through rough seas.

Once on scene, it was obvious that the lifeboat would be unable to help the casualties who were stuck at the very top of the rock, which was being pounded by a heavy swell. Coastguard rescue helicopter 187 from RAF St Athan was requested and the lifeboat stood by and waited for the helicopter to arrive.

Once on scene, the helicopter was directed onto the casualties by the volunteer lifeboat crew using their searchlights. The helicopter lifted both casualties, who were fine despite their ordeal, and dropped them in a field above Broadhaven where they were met by St Govans Coastguard team and Police.

The lifeboat then returned to station, arriving at 9.05pm​

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