South West Wales

Pembrokeshire sea rescues for four children and man

Four children and an adult were rescued in two separate incidents within hours off the Pembrokeshire coast.

A father and two children became trapped on an inaccessible beach near Stackpole, in the south of the county, on Thursday afternoon after sea conditions changed on a kayak trip.

Later, two other children on an inflatable beach toy disappeared around a headland at Broad Haven, in north Pembrokeshire.

They were all rescued by lifeboat.

In the first incident, a man had kayaked onto the beach with his two children, aged four and eight, to enjoy a picnic.

Coastguards said the wind and tides changed quickly and the father, realising they could not paddle away, raised the alarm by shouting at walkers on the coastal path.

A rambler then rang the coastguards, who called out the Tenby all-weather lifeboat and the St Govan's coastguard shore team.

Crumbling cliffs

The lifeboat was later able to launch its smaller, rigid inflatable Y boat to rescue the group on the beach.

The family were safely taken to Stackpole with the kayak in tow.

Coastguards said there was concern that the incident could have escalated because walkers, attracted by the incident on the beach, were getting too close to the edge of crumbling cliffs.

Later in the afternoon, coastguards from Broad Haven raised the alarm after two children drifted away on an inflatable toy.

The Littlehaven Inshore Lifeboat was launched as the lifeguards attempted to swim out to the youngsters.

The Broad Haven coastguard shore team were also called in to help with the rescue. The children were safely brought back to the beach.

Milford Haven Coastguards said it was a reminder of the dangers of inflatable beach equipment, which is no match for offshore winds and currents.

A spokesman said any inflatables must be firmly tethered to the beach and properly supervised by an adult.

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