Worm's Head is accessible by a causeway 2 1/2 hours either side of low tide. At other times the causeway is flooded and Worm's Head becomes an island. Stranding incidents are those where members of the public have crossed over to Worm's Head but have failed to return across the causeway before it floods. In such cases NCI watchkeepers contact the Coastguard who arranges for an inshore lifeboat or a rescue helicopter to pick up the stranded people. 

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033 25 January 2017 One person rescued from Worm's Head.
032 17 September 2016 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head.
031 29 August 2016 Eight persons rescued from Worm's Head.
030 16 August 2016 Three persons rescued from Worm's Head.
029 20 April 2016 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head.
028 24 January 2016 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head.
027 08 August 2015 Three persons rescued from Worm's Head.
026 30 November 2014 Four persons rescued from Worm's Head.
025 08 September 2014 Three young persons rescued from Worm's Head.
024 05 September 2014 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head.
023 23 August 2014 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head.
022 24 July 2014 Two young men rescued from Worm's Head.
021 22 June 2014 One person rescued from Worm's Head.
020 30 November 2013 One person rescued from Worm's Head.
019 02 August 2013. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
018 27 April 2013. Two people rescued from causeway.
017 07 April 2012. Six people rescued from Worm's Head.
016 05 April 2012. One person rescued from Worm's Head.
015 01 May 2011. Two canoeists rescued from Worm's Head.
014 05 December 2010. Seven people rescued from Worm's Head.
013 26 August 2010. Two people rescued from the Worm.
012 28 February 2010. Person rescued from Worm's Head.
011 27 February 2010. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
010 19 August 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
009 09 June 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
008 09 March 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
007 22 February 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
006 27 September 2008. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
005 06 October 2007. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
004 27 August 2007. Nine people rescued from Worm's Head.
003 25 August 2007. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
002 30 May 2007. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
001 29 April 2007. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.

033 25 January 2017 One person rescued from Worm's Head
top Duty watchkeepers observed a man crossing the causeway as it was about to flood. Both a whistle and siren were used to call him back to the mainland without response. The Coastguard was informed and NCI instructed to observe and report back in 30 minutes. After this time the Coastguard was updated that the man was still on the Worm. A weather report was also given to the Coastguard. Both Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team and Horton ILB were tasked to attend and shortly arrived on scene. Some time later Tenby All Weather Lifeboat arrived to support the ILB but was not needed and returned to base. The casualty was brought to the mainland by the ILB and helped ashore, safe and well, by Rhossili CRT.

032 17 September 2016 Two perons rescued from Worm's Head
top Watchkeepers observed two persons heading outwards on Low Kneck shortly before the causeway was to close. The siren was deployed with no response. A little later the persons were seen on the Outer Head just as the causeway closed, 15 minutes late. Some time later the two persons returned to the causeway and attempted to cross the flooded crossing. The siren was deployed again and the persons instructed to return to the island. The Coastguard was informed and both Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team and Horton ILB tasked to attend. The two persons were brought ashore by the lifebost and were unharmed.

031 29 August 2016 Eight persons rescued from Worm's Head
top Watchkeepers notified the Coastguard that they had discovered that there were eight persons stranded on Worm's Head. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked and arrived on scene. Watchkeepers contacted the Coastguard to inform them that there were an additional six persons on the island who would be staying out over the tide. In due course, Horton ILB arrived and ferried the eight stranded persons to the mainland. Three recovery journeys were required.

030 16 August 2016 Three persons rescued from Worm's Head
top Shortly before the causeway closed, watchkeepers advised the coastguard of three members of the public who were in danger of being stranded. The coastguard asked that the three people be monitored prior to clossure of the causeway and then again after the causeway had flooded. After a while, the coastguard was advised that the three persons had arrived at the noticeboard on the Worm. A warning was issued by the watchkeepers using the siren and megaphone, whereupon the three people sat down to await rescue. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team and Horton inshore lifeboat were tasked and arrived on scene. The three persons were ferried across to the mainland and helped ashore by the rescue team.

029 20 April 2016 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head
top Two people were observed on top of the Inner Head of Worm's Head as the causeway was starting to flood. The Coastguard was informed and the siren deployed to warn the people. The siren was used again to warn the people, who were now on the causeway, to return to the island, which they did. The Coastguard was updated that the people were now stranded on the island. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked and arrived on scene followed a little later by Horton Inshore Lifeboat. The latter ferried the two people across to Kitchen Corner where they were helped ashore by the Rescue Team.

028 24 January 2018 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head
top The duty watchkeepers used the siren to warn two people on the outer head of the imminent closure of the causeway. The two started to move back towards the mainland but stopped at the bell at the far end of the causeway. The siren warning was given again but the causeway closed leaving the two stranded. The Coastguard was informed. The National Trust shop phoned the station to give the watchkeepers the standed persons' mobile phone number. Watchkeepers used this number to tell the two people to stay where they were to await rescue. The mobile number was also given to the Coastguard. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene followed a little later by the Burry Port ILB. The latter ferried the stranded people to Kitchen Corner where they were helped ashore by the CRT.

027 8th August 2015 Three persons rescued from Worm's Head
top The causeway to Worm's Head had flooded at approximately 9.30 but at 10.50 watchkeepers observed three members of the public attempting to swim back from the island to the mainland. The siren was deployed and the three moved back to the island. Milford Haven Coastguard were informed who tasked Rhossili Coastguard Recue Team to attend. The CRT were updated by the watchkeepers and Horton inshore lifeboat arrived on scene to transport the stranded persons back to the mainland.

026 30 November 2014 Four people rescued from Worm's Head
top As watchkeepers opened up the lookout for the morning watch, they observed two people near the bell on Worm's Head. The causeway had flooded almost two hours earlier. The watchkeepers continued to observe the two people who had been sitting down in undergrowth but now stood at the bell. The megaphone was used to communicate with the people to determine that they were seeking help. The Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Rescue Team arrived on scene. The Coastguard was updated that two more people had now appeared on Worm's Head. Shortly after, Horton ILB arrived and ferried the four people to Kitchen Corner where they were helped ashore by the Rescue Team.

025 08 September 2014 Three young persons rescued from Worm's Head
top Thirty minutes before the causeway was due to flood, three young people were observed climbing the Outer Head of Worm's Head. The siren was deployed with no response. Thirty minutes later the three reappeared on Devil's Bridge and the siren was deployed again but with no response. The causeway had not yet flooded. Swansea Coastguard were informed and Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team and the Horton ILB tasked to attend. Watchkeepers observed the three cross Low Neck and arrive at the green by the bell. The causeway flooded and although the three had started to cross, they responded to the loudhailer to return to the island. Swansea Coastguard were updated and Rhossili CRT arrived on scene, followed a short while later by Horton ILB. The three casualties were transported back to the mainland by the ILB and helped ashore at Kitchen Corner by the CRT.

024 05 September 2014 Two persons rescued from Worm's Head
top After the Worm's Head causeway had flooded 17 minutes before its predicted time, watchkeepers observed two people heading back from the island towards the crossing point. Swansea Coastguard were informed and the siren deployed. The two people were told to return to the bell on the island. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team were paged and Horton ILB tasked to attend. The casualties were transferred by the lifeboat to Kitchen Corner.

02323 August 2014 Two members of the public rescued from Worm's Head
top Watchkeepers observed two persons on top of the Outer Head just prior to the causeway flooding. Swansea Coastguard were alerted and shortly after the causeway flooded. The two persons were observed crossing Low Neck arriving eventually to sit on the grass area at the bell at the far end of the causeway. Both the Rhossili Rescue Team and the Horton Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene. The two people were transferred to the mainland by the lifeboat and then helped ashore by the Rescue Team.

022 Two young men rescued from Worm's Head
top Some 45 minutes after the causeway to Worm's Head had flooded, a member of the public reported to NCI watchkeepers that there were two young men still out on the Outer Head of Worm's Head. A few minutes later the two were seen to descend to the flooded causeway and attempted to cross. The Coastguard was informed and the siren deployed to warn the two men to turn back to the island. However, the warning was ignored and the men started to wade across the causeway up to waist high in water. Fortunately the Sea Serpent, a local tourist boat, heard the siren, approached the two men and told them firmly to turn back to the island and await rescue. The Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene as did the Horton Inshore Lifeboat. The latter ferried the casualties across to the mainland at Kitchen Corner where they were helped ashore by the Rescue Team

021 22 June 2014. Female member of the public rescued from Worm's Head
top A female member of the public was spotted by watchkeepers leaving Worm's Head and starting to cross the now partially flooded causeway to the mainland. Swansea Coastguard was informed. Fortunately the Horton inshore lifeboat was already on exercise in Porteynon Bay and they were tasked to attend. One of the NCI watchkeepers used a loud hailer to instruct the member of public not to attempt to cross the flooded causeway but to remain on the rocks where she was. The lifeboat arrived on scene and the lady was brought across to the mainland where the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team, which was also on exercise near the NCI Look Out, helped her ashore and took her to Rhossili village.

02030 November 2013. Female member of the public rescued from Worm's Head
top The causeway to Worm’s Head had closed some 20 minutes later than predicted but watchkeepers observed a female member of the public on top of the Inner Head. A megaphone and siren were deployed with no response. Swansea Coastguard was advised of a possible stranding. The siren was deployed a second time and the person was seen running back towards the causeway end of the Inner Head suggesting that she was indeed stranded. The watchkeepers advised the Coastguard using a 999 telephone call. An unsuccessful attempt was made using the megaphone to get the stranded casualty to use the contact telephone number on the notice board on the Inner Head. The casualty was also told to move to the bottom of Inner Head to await the lifeboat. The Coastguard Rescue Team arrived and the Horton Inshore Lifeboat was on station and tasked to search the South side of Worm’s Head as the casualty was not now visible from the mainland. The lifeboat reported a sighting of the casualty above the blowhole on Middle Worm and a crew member was landed and was able to contact the casualty. It was confirmed that the casualty was fit and healthy and wished to return to the mainland. The lifeboat moved to the normal pickup point on Worm’s Head, took on board the casualty and transferred her to Kitchen Corner Boathouse where she was landed on the mainland.

019 02 August 2013. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Three people were seen on top of the Inner Head as the rocky causeway was flooding. The watch keepers informed Swansea Coastguard who asked that they monitor the situation. The causeway was now flooded so the siren was sounded and the people advised by megaphone to return to the mainland immediately. There was no reaction. Swansea Coastguard was informed that the people were sitting on the grass by bell. There were no signs of any distress or attempts to cross causeway. The Coastguard asked the watch keepers to continue monitoring the situation and advise them if the people attempted to cross. The watch keepers then received a ‘phone call from the National Chairman of NCI* who said that he had been contacted by a family on the island. They confirmed they needed rescue. The details were passed to the Coastguard who advised that Horton and Port Eynon inshore life boat (ILB) had been tasked. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) was also tasked and arrived on scene shortly after. Some 20 minutes later the ILB arrived on scene, picked up the casualties and returned them to the mainland at Kitchen Corner. They subsequently visited the lookout to thank the watch keepers, say sorry and try and explain what happened.

*It transpired that the casualties had rung directory enquiries and asked for the National Coastwatch Institution. The contact person is the National Chairman who happens to live locally and is one of our watch keepers.

018 27 April 2013. Two people rescued from causeway.
top Fifteen minutes before the rocky causeway to Worm's Head was due to flood, two people were observed heading out about half way across the causeway. The warning siren was sounded to no avail. Swansea Coastguard was informed and subsequently they telephoned the lookout to say the RNLI's Horton and Port Eynon Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was being prepared and would be on standby. Fifteen minutes later, NCI contacted the Coastguard and informed them that the people were in sight at the far end of the Inner Head and making their way back slowly. The warning siren was sounded a second time. By now the causeway was almost flooded. Shortly after, the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) arrived at the lookout. The ILB arrived on scene. The two people had attempted to get across the flooded causeway and had become stranded on submerged rocks. The state of the tide made it difficult for the ILB to get close to the people and it had to tie up some distance from them. One of the ILB crew left the lifeboat, waded through waist high water to give the people life-jackets and then guided them back through ever deepening water to the lifeboat. They were landed on the mainland at Kitchen Corner where they were met by the CRT and guided up the cliff to safety. Click here for the lifeboat station's report of the incident and video of the rescue by a crewman. Click here for a report of the incident in the local paper.

017 07 April 2012. Six people rescued from Worm's Head.
top The watch keepers advised Swansea Coastguard that the causeway had flooded and at least two people were stranded. Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) was tasked. The siren was sounded as a warning but had no effect. The loud hailer was used to instruct the people to go back to the island. This was acknowledged and the people returned to the Worm. Rhossili CRT arrived on scene. Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched. Then 4 more people appeared from the south side of the Inner Head. Horton ILB arrived on scene, recovered the six people in two trips and returned them to the mainland. Horton ILB returned to base via a sweep of the Worm to check that some fishermen were staying on the Worm intentionally.
Click here for the press release from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

016 05 April 2012. One person rescued from Worms Head.
top A man was seen walking across the rocky causeway to Worms Head 10 minutes before the causeway was due to flood. The siren was sounded as a warning but the person continued and was seen to cross Devil's Bridge. Swansea Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) tasked. When the CRT arrived on scene the members were briefed by the watch keepers. Eventually the person arrived back at the notice board at the south east end of the Inner Head. The CRT requested that the lifeboat be deployed. The Horton and Port Eynon ILB arrived on scene, retrieved the man from Worm and landed him at Kitchen Corner. The ILB departed for a precautionary check of Worm and, with nothing found, it returned to station. The watch keepers established that the man was Italian and hadn't understood the notices or the siren warning.

015 01 May 2011. Two canoeists rescued from Worm's Head.
top An inflatable canoe was seen heading around the Outer Head of the Worm. After 40 minutes it had not come back into view so the NCI watch keepers informed Swansea Coastguard. Shortly after, the Coastguard rang the watch keepers asking for further details then radioed the Sea Serpent (tourist RIB) asking if they had seen the canoe. They hadn't but would keep in touch. Sea Serpent then radioed the Coastguard to say that one of their crew had seen the canoe through Devil's Bridge and subsequently reported seeing the canoeists ashore on the Worm. Sea Serpent picked up the canoeists and their canoe and took them in to Rhossili Beach. Sea Serpent then returned to the Sound on the north side of Worm's Head. The watch keepers could hear the Coastguard and Sea Serpent attempting to contact each other on Channel 16 and 67 without success. The Coastguard contacted NCI requesting that they contact Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) to pass on the present location of the casualties as they could not raise the CRT on Channel 0. CRT arrived at the lookout and were redirected to beach to contact the casualties.

It subsequently transpired that the canoe had, in fact, had a problem and the two-man crew had come ashore to deal with it. When they were sighted on the Worm by the Sea Serpent they had already deflated the canoe and were heading back - though the tide was on the flood and they wouldn't have had enough time to get across to the mainland.

014 05 December 2010. Seven people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Two people were observed crossing Devils Bridge (near the middle of Worms Head island) 10 minutes prior to the expected flooding time of the crossing. Swansea Coastguard were warned of a possible stranding. Another two people appeared from the south side of the Inner Head and started to cross to the mainland across the rocks which were already flooding. They were warned by the watch keepers, using a loud hailer, to return to the island. The Coastguard were informed of the stranding.  The Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) arrived on scene.
Then two more people were observed returning from the outer end of Worms Head followed shortly after by another person.
The Horton and Port Eynon Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) arrived on scene and relayed the seven people to the mainland in two journeys. The ILB then circled the island, confirmed there were no more casualties and returned to station. Rhossili CRT then stood down.
Five of the casualties were surfers and they visited the NCI Look Out to thank the watch keepers for initiating the rescue.
Click here to read a press release about this issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

013 22 August 2010. Two people rescued from Worms Head.
top Two people were observed on the Worm after the crossing had flooded. Swansea coastguard was advised and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) and the Horton and Port Eynon Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) were tasked. The ILB collected the casualties and delivered them to the mainland at Kitchen Corner where they were helped up the cliffs by the CRT. The ILB returned to station. The CRT interviewed the man and woman and then stood down.

012 28 February 2010. Person rescued from Worm's Head.
top A person was seen climbing to the top of the Inner Head at the time the crossing was predicted to flood. The Coastguard was informed of the likely need for rescue and the Horton and Port Eynon Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was tasked together with the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT). The person was transferred to the mainland at Kitchen Corner by the ILB and assisted up the cliffs by the CRT where she was interviewed and conveyed to Rhossili village.

011 27 February 2010. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top With fourteen minutes left before the predicted flooding time, two men were seen approaching the Low Neck area of the Worm heading towards the mainland. The Coastguard was informed that it was likely the men would be unable to cross to the mainland. By the time the watch keepers reported that the men were again visible and were rounding the south east end of the Inner Head the crossing was flooded. The Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) was deployed and the Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat tasked. An NCI watch keeper went to the cliff path and used the loud hailer to persuade the men not to attempt to wade across and to return to high ground. In spite of language difficulties they did this but not before ringing 999 on a mobile phone and contacting the ambulance service. The Coastguard was continually updated by the watch keeper in the lookout over a land line. As the ILB arrived on scene the Air Ambulance (Helimed 57) arrived and landed on the Worm. The ILB recovered the men and delivered them to the mainland at Kitchen Corner where they were helped up the cliff by the CRT. The ILB returned to station. After interviewing the men, who were Chinese, the CRT returned to station. Click here for photos of the rescue.

010 19 August 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top The crossing to Worm's Head was already flooded when two people were seen on the far side of middle head. Swansea Coastguard was informed and the Horton and Port Eynon ILB was brought to standby while the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) was tasked to investigate. The CRT found a position where they could see the people and noted that they had erected a tent which was out of sight of the lookout. Swansea Coastguard were updated and the ILB was stood down and the CRT returned to base.

009 09 June 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Two people appeared on the top of the Inner Head 15 minutes after the crossing flooded. The Swansea Coastguard was advised. The watch keepers attempted to contact the people but it was 12 minutes before they could establish that the walkers didn't wish to stay on Worm's Head. The coastguard was updated and they deployed the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT). The walkers were advised to leave the crossing and return to the Inner Head to await rescue. Following a delay in launching, the Horton and Port Eynon ILB arrived, picked up the casualties and transferred them safely to the mainland.

008 09 March 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Two people were seen walking out towards Devil's Bridge 40 minutes before the crossing was predicted to flood. Attempts to attract their attention with a siren failed due to the strong wind. The Coastguard was informed of the developing incident. The couple were seen at the Low Neck heading for the mainland but with only 5 minutes left before flooding. The Coastguard was updated and the Horton and Port Eynon ILB was tasked as was the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team. The couple attempted to cross but the NCI watch keepers used the loud hailer to advise them to return to the island. The ILB crew advised that the weather conditions were too bad to continue so the Coastguard tasked RAF SAR helicopter 169 which lifted the couple off the Worm and transferred them to the mainland. More...

007 22 February 2009. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top At least five people were seen on the outer Worm only 25 minutes before the crossing was predicted to flood. Coastguard advised. Later, a group of four were seen approaching the crossing which had just flooded. The Coastguard was updated and the Horton and Port Eynon ILB was tasked. Attempts to contact the group with the loud hailer were unsuccessful and they paddled across with difficulty. The Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team arrived and two more people were seen approaching the south eastern end of the Worm where they stopped. The ILB arrived and transferred the two people to the mainland. Click here for a photo of the rescue.

006 27 September 2008. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Two people were seen on the outer Worm and then heading round the Inner head towards the mainland 2 minutes before the crossing was predicted to flood. The Coastguard was informed and the people were told by loud hailer to remain on the island. The Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched. The Coastguard advised that the people had used a mobile phone to contact the emergency services. The Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team was deployed. The ILB took off the people and transferred them to the mainland.

005 06 October 2007. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Fourteen people were seen on the Worm after the crossing flooded earlier than predicted. The Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team deployed. Twelve people waded across but another two were sent back by the Coastguard. The Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched and transferred the two people to the mainland.

004 27 August 2007. Nine people rescued from Worm's Head.
top The Coastguard was informed that nine people were seen to be stranded on the Worm. The Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team was deployed and the Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched. Several trips were required to transfer everyone to the mainland.

003 25 August 2007. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Several people were still on the Worm after the crossing was flooded. Two paddled across, four waded across with difficulty, two were turned back by an NCI watch keeper and another two appeared and waited with the others. The Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team deployed. The Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched, took off the four people in thick fog and transferred them to the mainland.

002 30 May 2007. Three people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Three people were sighted on the Worm after the crossing flooded. The Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team deployed. RAF SAR helicopter 169 was tasked. People were winched on board and transferred to the mainland.

001 29 April 2007. Two people rescued from Worm's Head.
top Two people were seen attempting to cross to the mainland after the crossing was flooded. Following a warning from an NCI watch keeper they returned to the island. Swansea Coastguard was informed and the Rhossili Coastguard Rescue Team deployed. The Horton and Port Eynon ILB was launched, picked the people up and transferred them to the mainland.