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Pembrokeshire beach fall woman rescued by helicopter

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Image caption The woman was airlifted because conditions on the beach were too rough

A woman has been rescued by helicopter after falling near Tenby in Pembrokeshire as the tide came in.

The woman, 30, who was staying at Manorbier, was with her 11-year-old son and another 14-year-old boy when she fell near a cave on Wednesday.

Tenby's RNLI lifeboat and coastguard rescue team were called out but the conditions at the beach were too rough for a cliff rescue or sea evacuation.

The RAF helicopter took all three to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

Rescuers said the woman was in acute pain with what appeared to be a broken wrist or arm.

The party had been walking at Skrinkle Haven in force 5-7 weather conditions.

Milford Haven coastguards said the alert was raised by a member of the public who had witnessed the accident.

Coastguard watch manager Nigel Yelland said the rescue helicopter was scrambled due to the inaccessability of the area.

He said: "The area in which the woman was exploring can be quite challenging in wet weather, and rocks can become very slippery underfoot.

"We're advising that as the autumnal weather becomes more hostile please wear the most appropriate clothing and footwear for the coastal areas you intend to walk, and make sure you have some method of communication to the outside world."

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