Chivenor helicopter rescues fossil hunters cut off by tide

A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor plucked a man and three children from rocks in a force 8 gale off the Welsh coast yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. The car park attendant at Nash Point Lighthouse raised the alarm when the quartet failed to return to t

A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor plucked a man and three children from rocks in a force 8 gale off the Welsh coast yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

The car park attendant at Nash Point Lighthouse raised the alarm when the quartet failed to return to their car.

Swansea Coastguard called out Coastguard rescue teams, the Atlantic College lifeboat and the helicopter from Chivenor.

The lifeboat crew confirmed that the four were sitting on a rock formation cut off by the tide, but were unable to reach them because of the rough sea.


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The lifeboat stood by as the helicopter crew winched the four to safety.

Swansea Coastguard Phil Coles said the group had gone to the car park with the aim of exploring the beach for fossils.

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"We would always recommend people undertaking coastal activities to check the weather, check the tide times and make the appropriate assessment of the activity they are undertaking," he said.

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