Youngsters rescued after becoming stuck on cliffs

By Caleb Spencer in Emergency Services

TWO youngsters were plucked to safety by coastguards last night after becoming stuck high up on cliffs between Aberystwyth and Clarach.

Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat and Aberystwyth Coastguard Search and Rescue Team responded as darkness descended at 4.44pm yesterday following reports of two young people stuck on cliffs south of Clarach.

Aberystwyth lifeboat volunteers were quickly on scene, where they were able to spot the stranded pair — one was approximately 60m below the cliff top, and the other was lower down the cliff face.

With the guidance of the lifeboat, the coastguard cliff rescue team were able to position themselves above the two casualties.

The coastguard helicopter from north Wales was also in attendance, but it was decided that the downdraft from the blades of the aircraft could endanger the pair further, and the helicopter and lifeboat remained on scene to provide illumination only.

The coastguard’s cliff rescue technician Iwan Davies was lowered down the cliff face and rescued the casualty nearest the top of the cliff first, followed by the casualty further down.

After the pair were brought to safety, they were assessed by paramedics at the top of the cliff and all emergency services stood down.

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