South West Wales

Teenager, 18, falls 40ft at South Beach in Tenby

Lifeboat rescue
Image caption The woman was knocked unconscious after falling over the cliff edge

A teenager has been taken to hospital after she fell about 40ft (12m) down a cliff at a Pembrokeshire beach.

Coastguards said the 18-year-old had head and possible spine injuries after losing her footing on loose rock and falling over the cliff edge at South Beach in Tenby.

A girl who went to her rescue was treated for lower arm injuries.

Milford Haven coastguard sent two boats out after receiving a call at around 19:50 BST on Tuesday.

Tenby's all-weather RNLI lifeboat was on scene within minutes and found the woman on the north side of Giltar point.

She was taken by ambulance to Withybush hospital in Haverfordwest.

The woman had slipped whilst crossing Giltar saddle and had fallen over an outcrop of rocks.

'Immobilised'

She was knocked unconscious and lay in a dangerous position on a grassy bank near a cliff path.

A female friend walking with her at the time managed to scramble down the cliff to her position helping to comfort her until assistance arrived.

The volunteer lifeboat crew reached the casualty's position using a cliff path as the Tenby cliff rescue team set up rescue equipment at the top of the cliff.

A spokesman for RNLI said: "The volunteer lifeboat crew administered oxygen and immobilised the casualty until the cliff team descended to her position from above.

"As darkness fell, the volunteers helped put the casualty in a rescue stretcher prior to being lowered to the base of the cliff. The inshore lifeboat was then tasked to convey the stretcher to the all- weather lifeboat."

The semi-conscious casualty was then transferred to an ambulance at Tenby harbour and taken to hospital.

The lifeboat later returned to the scene to collect the woman's friend, who had been lowered to the base of the cliff.

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