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Safety Equipment Fails in Pembrokeshire, Britain, Fatal Fall

October 31 2003 at 4:18 PM
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A ROCK climber fell to his death after his safety equipment came loose from cliffs.
Marvin Royce, 39, of Great Walton, Chelmsford, plunged from the cliff face at St Govans in Pembrokeshire and landed in front of his horrified climbing partner.
Mr Royce was a member of the Marylebone Mountaineering Club of London.
Mr Atkins said his partner had been leading them up the cliff "using two safety ropes in the classic British style".
Mr Royce had been driving wedges into cracks in the rock before pausing for a brief rest as he approached an overhang.
"Marvin was taking it slowly and carefully when without warning he suddenly fell backwards," said Mr Atkins.
The climber's safety ropes failed to arrest his fall and he landed on his back in front of his partner.
"I still do not fully understand what happened," said Mr Atkins. "The fact the nuts (wedges) came out of the rock is not that unusual but it was the number that came out which was shocking.
"I heard a twing, twing, twing as the pieces came out. I felt totally powerless."

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