Press release

Stuck girl rescued as tide rises in Aberaeron

A 9-year-old girl has been rescued after her foot became wedged in the rocky sea defences at Aberaeron beach.

Milford Haven Coastguard was contacted just before 5pm on Thursday 10 July 2014 reporting that the youngster was stuck and the tide was coming in fast.

The Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team, the Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboat along with police, fire and ambulance services were all sent to the scene.

When the lifeboat reached the girl, she was barely visible from the surface. A crewman from the lifeboat took the immediate decision to jump into the water and get a view of what was going on. He then managed to cut her stuck wellington boot to release her.

Milford Haven Coastguard Watch Manager, Roger Reed, said:

This frightening incident demonstrates to all parents how quickly a fun day playing at the beach could have turned into a tragedy. It is essential that you make yourself aware of the tides and how quickly they come in.

In this instance the crewman’s bravery undoubtedly saved her life. The young lady is now safe and well, but shocked by the whole event.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency press office

Outside these hours, for emergency press enquiries only please dial the above number. You will hear a message giving an out of hours pager number.