North West Wales

Coasteering man rescued off Porth Dafarch, Holy Island

A 44-year-old man has been rescued from the bottom of a cliff on Anglesey after getting into difficulty while coasteering.

He swallowed sea water while trying to get through a gully at Porth Dafarch, near Trearddur Bay on Holy Island.

An RAF Valley rescue helicopter was called out at 12:50 BST on Wednesday and took the man to hospital in Bangor.

Rescuers said the man was "very confused" and in a "near-drowning" state.

Ed Griffiths, winchman on the rescue, said the RAF crew was training about half a mile away from the incident when the alarm was raised.

"When we arrived we saw three people at the base of a 120ft (35m) gully.

"Two of them were holding the third who was obviously in difficulty, so I was lowered down to help," he said.

"The group were well equipped, but the sea in the gully was very rough - there was lots of white water and it seems he just got into trouble.

"The man had swallowed lots of water and was very confused and in a state that we call near drowning.

"As a trained paramedic, I administered emergency aid and we flew him to hospital in Bangor."

Coasteering is an outdoor pursuit that involves swimming, scrambling and jumping along the tide line of rocky coastal areas.

The man who was rescued had not been participating in coasteering run by a nearby activities centre, Anglesey Adventures.

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