Press release

Passengers rescued after bus hit by large wave in Pembrokeshire

Ten passengers on a Pembrokeshire bus have been rescued after it was hit by a large wave.

Ten people have been rescued after the bus they were travelling on was hit by a large wave in Newgale.

Milford Haven Coastguard was contacted just after 7pm this evening (1 February 2014) with reports that the bus was stuck on the seafront, having been hit by a large wave and was surrounded by water. The wind at the time was gusting over 50 miles per hour.

Broadhaven and St. Davids Coastguard Rescue Teams, HM Coastguard’s Sector Manager for Preseli, along with police, fire and ambulance crews were sent to the scene. The RAF search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor was also asked to assist, but was stood down once the passengers were helped to safety by rescue units on scene. There are no reported injuries.

Steve Matthews, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard, said:

There are tricky conditions on the sea and along the coast tonight, with gale force winds, high tides and heavy rain.

Our advice is simple, please don’t take risks. But if you do get into difficulty, or spot someone who might be in trouble, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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