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Little and Broad Haven RNLI volunteer crew rescue friends cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Little and Broad Haven RNLI Lifeboat Station launched on service yesterday (Thursday 13 July ) at 7.55pm after a call for help from a group of friends who had become cut off by the tide.

Rescue 187 lowering winchman

RNLI/Matthew Ford

Rescue 187 and Little and Broad Haven lifeboat

The UK Coastguard tasked the lifeboat crew after a family member raised concerns about a group of three friends who had become cut off from the tide.

The crew were quickly on scene and located the three casualties stranded on the rocks between Newgale and Pen-Y-Cwm.

They managed to get two of the casualties into the boat and return them to the beach at Newgale. The third person had tried to climb up the rocks to get to safety, but ended up not being able to get further up or back down.

Local Coastguard Rescue teams had set up for a cliff rescue and the Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter 187 was also tasked.

Rescue 187 managed to winch the third casualty to safety and return him to the rest of the group at Newgale.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Matthew Ford, Little and Broad haven RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07478 637237 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or by email on

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