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Haydn Miller assists in rescue of injured fisherman at Manorbier

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s all-weather lifeboat was launched just after 2am on Thursday 20th July, following a report from the skipper of a local fishing boat who could hear someone shouting for help from the cliffs near Manorbier.

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The helicopter arrives on scene.

Due to the lack of light, they could only make verbal contact, but confirmed the casualty had fallen the previous evening and had been unable to raise the alarm.

The volunteer crew were on scene just 12 minutes later and immediately began searching the cliffs with power search lights and soon located the casualty using specialist night vision equipment. They then conned members of Tenby and St Govans cliff rescue teams onto the casualty and provided light and safety cover while they assessed the situation.

Due to the difficult extraction route and extent of the casualty’s injuries, it was decided to task Coastguard rescue helicopter 187.

The helicopter was overhead a short time later and the casualty was winched and flown to hospital for treatment.

The lifeboat was then stood down to return to station, arriving at 05:20am.

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