Date of Incident

27/08/2018

Country

Wales

Route

Incident

Two climbers (names unknown) abseiled in to Trevellen cliff at Pembrokeshire to approach a climbing route. They were unable to climb back out (easiest route out is E1) and did not have the knowledge, skills or suitable equipment to prusik back out. They were recovered by the coastguard cliff rescue team.

Lessons

When approaching a sea cliff by abseil and there is no other way out other than by climbing all members of the party should have basic prusiking equipment (or the knowledge of how to improvise climbing equipment to do so) and the ability to climb back up the rope. It should be a basic skill that is practiced and prepared for before committing to an abseil to a sea cliff. In this case it resulted in an (avoidable) call out of a rescue team and associated rescue services.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

None

Causes

Inadequate equipment, clothing or footwear, Inexperience, Route Selection

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

St Govan's and Tenby Coastguard Cliff rescue team