South West Wales

Helicopter rescue for St Govan's Head fallen climber

A climber who fell at a Pembrokeshire cliff was airlifted to hospital by a helicopter crew which had to respond to another emergency on the way.

Milford Haven coastguard said a 39-year-old man from Cheltenham fell up to 15m (50 ft) at St Govan's Head.

Three coastguard rescuers made their way down to him while they waited for the RAF helicopter to arrive.

The aircraft was diverted to Tenby after a man collapsed. Both men were flown to Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

Coastguards said the alert began at about 12:30 BST on Sunday with a call from a group of climbers saying one had fallen.

Tenby and St Govan coastguard rescue teams were sent to the cliffs at St Govan, which are popular with climbers.

Three team members dropped down to the climber whose fall had been partly checked by his ropes but who was suffering chest injuries.

A coastguard spokesman said the rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor in Devon was passing over Tenby when it had the call to say a 70-year-old man had collapsed on the beach there.

The Tenby RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and beach lifeguards gave the collapsed man resuscitation treatment, he said.

The man was flown to hospital before the helicopter returned to the area to rescue the fallen climber.

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