Thursday, 23 October 2014

28/09/2014 Little and Broad Haven RNLI volunteers rescue man stranded for 16 hours

A stranded man who raised the alarm by waving his t-shirt in the air on a pole was rescued from the base of cliffs at Martins Haven by Little and Broad Haven RNLI. 
Moments after completing their training exercise on Sunday and returning to station, the volunteer crew at Little and Broad Haven lifeboat were requested to launch by Milford Haven Coastguards following a report of a casualty stuck on the base of the cliff at Deadmans Bay, Martins Haven.
Dale and Broad Haven Coastguards were also on scene and had visual with the casualty swiftly directed the crew into the correct location. After assessing the situation, the helm decided to put a crew member ashore and then assist the casualty onto the lifeboat. 

Once aboard the lifeboat, it was only then realised the casualty had been stuck at the base of the cliff since 6pm the day before (16 hours). The man had climbed down the cliff and was unable to get back up, with no mobile phone the casualty said he was calling for help and whistling most of the time. 
He was located after being spotted waving his t-shirt in the air on a pole. 

Media Contacts
For further information, please contact Little and Broad Haven RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Matthew Ford on 07528 103793.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
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