South West Wales

Gower rescue: Family rescued from cliff face

Great Tor
Image caption Great Tor borders Three Cliffs Bay on Gower

Two children and their grandfather have been rescued after getting stuck around 100ft up a cliff face on Gower.

A member of the public saw them on Great Tor, next to Three Cliffs Bay, and alerted emergency services.

Coastguard rescue teams and an RAF helicopter were sent to the scene.

David Jones, watch manager at Swansea Coastguard, said it appeared the two children, aged five and 11, became stuck trying to climb the cliff face.

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

"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."

The three were winched on board the RAF helicopter and transferred to the beach below where they were looked after by Coastguard rescue officers.

They were said to be uninjured.

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