RNLI and helicopter in dramatic rescue

BOTH LIFEBOATS from Cardigan RNLI lifeboat station were called out on Tuesday night (Apr 5) after a report was received of a couple who had become cutoff by the tide on rocks just north of Tresaith beach.

The station’s Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross and D-Class Elsie Ida Mead were launched at 6.30pm and the volunteer crews were quickly on scene to help the couple who had attempted to climb over the rocks to try and make their way to safety.

Volunteer crew members from both lifeboats were put onto the rocks and the couple were given life jackets to wear to ensure their safety.

Shortly after this, the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 187 from RAF St Athan also arrived on scene and one of their crew was landed onto the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat to help give medical assistance to the couple, who had now been transferred into the Albatross.

The lifeboat then made its way to Aberporth beach were the Coastguard helicopter had landed and an ambulance crew was waiting to assess the medical condition of the couple.

New Quay and Gwbert Coastguard Rescue teams were also involved in the rescue.

The volunteer lifeboat crew from both lifeboats then returned to station at 8.00pm.

Cliff Griffiths, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Cardigan RNLI, said: ‘We would advise anyone walking on the coast to always check the tide times before venturing out and plan your trip accordingly.

‘Seeking advice on safe places to walk is also a good idea and make sure you inform friends or family when to expect you home. Also walkers should always take a mobile phone or other means of communication with them and dial 999 to ask for the Coastguard if they need help.’

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