Two climbers rescued from Holyhead cliff face

Martin Geraghty

Two climbers have been rescued after they got into trouble on Holyhead Mountain.

A woman was injured and a man suffered mild hyperthermia after they were rescued from the cliff face by Elin’s Tower on Sunday afternoon (6th October).

The RNLI said a member of the public alerted emergency services at just before 1pm when the climbers were heard shouting for help.

The all-weather lifeboat from Holyhead, Christopher Pearce, was called out along with cliff rescue volunteers from Holyhead, Cemaes Bay, Rhosneigr and Rhoscolyn, in poor weather conditions.

The lifeboat used its intercom system to contact the climbers, who were around 200 feet down the cliff side – they told the volunteer crew there was a medical issue.

At one point, the coastguard suggested calling out help from the inshore lifeboat at Trearddur Bay, but this was ruled out because of the large swell around the cliff and the amount of heavy debris in the area.

Martin Geraghty

The Holyhead lifeboat monitored the rescue as the injured climber was stretchered to the top of the cliff around two hours after the first callout – she was treated at the scene.

The cliff team were re-deployed at around 4pm to rescue the man, who was safely recovered within the hour, but later found to be suffering from mild hyperthermia.

Holyhead coxswain Tony Price said: ”This was a brilliant effort from all involved, and a great combined services rescue. 100% effort as ever from the Holyhead cliff team, whose high cliff expertise and experience certainly came into play.”

”We all hope and wish that the lady and gentleman recover quickly, and carry on practicing what they enjoy.”

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