South West Wales

Woman dies and man hurt in cliff fall at Barafundle Bay

Map showing location of Barafundle Bay
Image caption The incident happened at Barafundle Bay

An experienced female climber has died after falling from a cliff into the sea in Pembrokeshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police were called to scene at Barafundle Bay, near Stackpole Head, at around 13:30 BST on Sunday.

The woman's partner abseiled down the cliff, and swam with her to a nearby beach.

The couple were airlifted to hospital in Haverfordwest by an RAF helicopter but the woman died of her injuries. Her partner sustained only minor injuries.

Dave Millar, coastguard sector manager for Pembrokeshire, described the couple as "very experienced" and well-equipped local climbers.

He told BBC Radio Wales that the pair had finished their climb to the top of cliffs in an area popular with climbers.

It is believed the woman then started to make her way back down to practise a climbing manoeuvre when she fell.

Mr Millar described how the police helicopter crew put an officer on the beach to assist the woman along with two crew members who put ashore from Tenby RNLI lifeboat.

He said the lifeboat crew tried but failed to resuscitate the woman before she was airlifted to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest by an RAF Sea King helicopter.

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