A bus driver from Cardigan and ten of his passengers were rescued at the weekend when a freak wave hit the coach near Newgale in Pembrokeshire.

The incident happened on the Haverfordwest side of Newgale at around 7pm on Saturday as John Ashman of Cardigan drove the 48-seater Richards Bros coach on the final journey of the day from St David’s to Haverfordwest.

After the wave struck during high winds and high tides along the Welsh coast the bus turned sideways and became stranded in floodwater. HM Coastguard at Milford Haven was informed.

Coastguards, police, fire fighters and ambulance personnel attended and the bus passengers were rescued.

An RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon was also scrambled but stood down after it was known the passengers were safe and well. There were no injuries.