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Safety warning after Pembrokeshire cliff rescue

Newgale beach (library)
Image caption Coastguards, a lifeboat and helicopter crew were called out to Newgale

Coastguards have warned of the dangers of climbing on cliffs after a teenager had to be rescued in Pembrokeshire.

Two coastguards were lowered down the cliff above Newgale beach on Thursday night.

Initially, coastguards were told an 11-year-old boy had fallen but it turned out to be an 18-year-old man in a "very precarious position".

A rescue helicopter and lifeboat illuminated the cliff while the rescue took place.

Coastguards urged parents to make sure children are not placing themselves at risk.

At 2125 BST Milford Haven coastguard had received a 999 call at 2125 BST.

Coastguard rescue teams were called out from Broadhaven and St Davids, and a rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor in Devon and Little Haven RNLI inshore lifeboat.

The coastguards used cliff rescue equipment to lower two officers down the cliff to secure the man, before all three were lowered safely to the cliff base.

The rescued man did not require medical attention and was given "suitable safety advice".

The incident follows an incident in Cornwall earlier in the day when an 11-year-old girl on holiday with her family died after she is believed to have slipped and fell after climbing 15ft up cliffs.

Neil Oliver from Falmouth Coastguard extended the service's sympathies to the girl's family.

He said: "Her Majesty's Coastguard has been dealing with incidents yesterday around the coast of the UK involving climbing and getting stuck on cliffs.

"We would remind all, that cliffs can be dangerous and we would ask parents to ensure that their children are not placing themselves at risk."

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