Girl saved on Pembrokeshire cliff after texting friends

D-Class lifeboat
Image caption Tenby's RNLI inshore lifeboat crew rescued the teenager from the cliff

A 16-year-old girl stuck on a cliff was rescued after sending a group text by phone to her friends asking for help.

She sent her message after the incoming tide drove her up a cliff between Tenby and Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.

One of the friends rang 999 and Milford Haven coastguard called in an RNLI lifeboat, a coastguard land team and a police helicopter that was in the area.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the quickest way to get help was to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

A spokesman for Milford Haven coastguard said a call came in at about 1830 BST on Saturday from a friend of the girl saying the teenager was on a cliff.

Tenby's RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and a land-based coastguard team were sent out while a nearby police helicopter was drafted in.

He said: "Tenby inshore lifeboat found this girl and she was indeed stuck on the cliff.

"I suppose all she could do was think to text a group of friends, and one of them phoned 999 and was put through to us.

"She was a bit shook up.

"She was just walking along the beach and the tide was coming in and she decided to come up from the beach and that was when she got stuck."

The teenager was checked by an ambulance crew when back on shore, said the spokesman.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "If you are in trouble on the coast, the quickest way to get help is to ring 999 and ask for the coastguard."

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