Aberystwyth and Borth RNLI lifeboats launched to rescue a stranded fisherman.
On Friday 31 July at 4:45pm RNLI lifeboats from Aberystwyth and Borth were launched to assist a fisherman cut off by the tide under Constitution Hill north of Aberystwyth.
Upon realising he was stranded by the incoming tide the Fisherman dialled '999' and called for assistance from the Coastguard.
RNLI volunteer lifeboats from Aberystwyth and Borth were tasked by HM Coastguard Milford Haven to assist as well as Coastguard rescue teams from Borth and Aberystwyth.
Upon arrival they discovered the fisherman stranded on a rock partially submerged with waves breaking over it. The RNLI crews had a brief discussion as to the best approach for extraction. It was decided that the Borth D-Class lifeboat was best suited to veer down to the casualty and rescue him. Veering down is a controlled method of accessing difficult to reach areas using the anchor as a secure point from which to veer the lifeboat towards the casualty.
The D-Class lifeboat veered in and extracted the casualty from the rock. On approach several waves broke over the rock knocking the casualty off his feet and making the approach difficult for the lifeboat crew. The casualty was taken onboard the D-Class and quickly transferred to the larger Aberystwyth Atlantic class lifeboat.
The Aberystwyth crew assessed the casualty and determined that despite being cold and wet he had no other injuries. He was then safely returned to Aberystwyth Harbour.
Both stations would like to reiterate the importance of checking tide times and weather conditions when going under the cliffs around Aberystwyth and Borth.
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.