RNLI save two men trapped on the cliffs

Lifeboats News Release

Two men had to be rescued by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) after getting cut off by a fast incoming tide.

The incident, which took place last Monday evening (May 6), was reported by a member of the public who spotted the men in trouble and raised the alarm.

Both Burry Port lifeboats were requested for an immediate launch by the Coastguard and made best speed to the casualties, who were said to be climbing further up the cliff, away from the dangerously rising sea.

Burry Port RNLI’s Atlantic 75 and D class lifeboats efforts to locate the two casualties was supported by Rhossili Coastguard’s Rescue Helicopter 187. However, the Coastguard team lost sight of the casualties as they shifted their positions.

Fortunately, the Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat was on scene in time to locate both casualties and assist them onto the safety of the lifeboat. The casualties were then transferred over to the D class so that they could be taken onto Rhossili Beach.

Roger Bowen, Burry Port Lifeboat Operations Manager, said:

‘This was a great example of team work by all the services involved. The two men were in a precarious position And the outcome could have been very different if the alam hadn’t had been raised when it did.

‘The member of the public who saw the men trouble did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard. We’d like to remind people to check the tide and weather conditions when visiting the coast, it is very easy to get caught out, but with a bit of planning incidents like this one could be avoided.’


RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Oliver Wrynne-Simpson, National Media Officer, on 077951 27351 or oliver_wrynne-simpson@rnli.org.uk

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.