Cliff Climbing Family Rescued

Posted: August 12, 2013 by kirisyko in Climbing, Free Climbing
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English: a photo looking to the beach to three...

English: a photo looking to the beach to three cliffs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COASTGUARDS have urged people not to try and climb Gower cliffs unless properly equipped after two young children and their grandfather had to be rescued at the weekend.

A five-year-old and 11-year-old became stuck 100ft up a cliff face at Tor Bay near Three Cliffs on Saturday afternoon.

Coastguards are not sure whether the grandfather had tried to help them or if he was climbing the cliff with them.

Swansea Coastguard received a 999 call just before 3.30pm from a member of the public who spotted the three on the Great Tor.

The Rhossili, Mumbles and Oxwich Coastguard Rescue Teams, along with the RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor, were sent to the scene.

When rescue units arrived they found all three stuck approximately 100ft up the cliff face.

All were winched on board the helicopter and then transferred to the beach below where they were met and looked after by Coastguard Rescue officers. None of the three required medical attention.

David Jones, watch manager at Swansea Coastguard, said: “It appears that the two children were attempting to climb up the cliff face when they became stuck.

“Their grandfather then tried to help them, but he also found himself stranded as well.

“We always urge people to stay away from cliffs, as they can be crumbly and prone to erosion.

“Do not attempt to climb them unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so.

“If you see someone in difficulty on cliffs, do not attempt self-rescue, as like in this case you could end up getting stuck as well.

“Instead, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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