Stackpole night rock climb sparks major rescue effort
A pair of night time rock climbers sparked a six-hour rescue effort after emergency services found their belongings at the top of a cliff.
The coastguard, RNLI, police and a rescue helicopter were deployed at Stackpole, Pembrokeshire "due to the high concern for their welfare".
Two men found at the bottom of the cliffs said they were planning to climb up despite being warned of bad weather.
Coastguards asked those planning high-risk pursuits to tell them in advance.
The belongings were spotted at 21:10 BST on Thursday and passers-by reported seeing two men leaving a car park 10 minutes earlier.
Lifeboats and a helicopter were called out to help with a search "due to the high concern for their welfare", Dyfed-Powys Police said.
The men were found safe and well by the coastguard at 23:00 BST and confirmed they still planned to complete the climb.
Rescue teams returned several hours later when the climbers still had not made it to the top - but they both insisted they were not in danger.
The operation was stood down at 03:00 BST on Friday when the men reached the top of the cliffs.
A Milford Haven Coastguard spokesman asked anyone planning to embark on high-risk activities to warn them in advance.
"If you're going to do an activity, we're not going to discourage or warn you against it, what I would say is let us know," he said.
"If we'd have known they [the climbers] were there, we would have dealt with the incident quite differently."