A middle-aged man who’d been reported missing has been rescued by Penarth Coastguard and Penarth Lifeboat crews today after being found at the bottom of Penarth Head Cliff this morning .
Police and coastguards had begun a search along the foreshore after the man had been reported missing by his mother who was worried that he had not returned from an early morning walk.
The initial search was hampered by poor light . Penarth’s D Class Lifeboat Connie Dains was tasked to search the foreshore from the seaward side.When the lifeboat reached Penarth Head the crew spotted an object the base of the cliff near where a large tree had descended onto the beach.
One of the lifeboat crew quickly disembarked and walked towards the location of the sighting and found the man almost at the base of the 200 foot high cliff. It’s not yet known how long he had been there.
Penarth Coastguard carrying first aid equipment walked from the southern slipway along the rocky shore to the base of the cliff and joined the lifeboat crew to work out how to evacuate the casualty – who had no shoes on
It was decided to escort the man to the lifeboat and bring him ashore at the Southern (lifeboat) slipway on Penarth Esplanade. The casualty – wrapped in a blanket – remained on board the lifeboat as she was towed up the slipway
An NHS paramedic crew in an ambulance then carried out an examination of the rescued man and took him to hospital for checks .Further details are awaited