Two coastguard teams and the ambulance service were called to rescue a 60-year-old woman who fell on the coast.

West Bay Coastguard were alerted to help the ambulance service after the woman fell on the coast path between Seatown and Golden Cap yesterday (Wednesday) at around 5.50pm. It was thought she had a broken ankle.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard said: "The ambulance service were in attendance, but due to the location they required assistance to transport the casualty back to the waiting ambulance. 

"Officers quickly responded to the station in West Bay to gather their equipment and rescue vehicle then headed for Seatown. Our flank team at Lyme Regis were also tasked to respond. 

"On arrival at Seatown, Officers carrying a rescue stretcher located the casualty and ambulance crew who were found to be one mile west of Seatown on the coastal path. 

"Rather than commit to an extended stretcher carry on difficult terrain, a route was found for one of the coastguard 4x4 vehicles to drive off-road to within 50 meters of the casualties location. She was then packaged into the stretcher and carried to the nearby rescue vehicle for her journey back down to Seatown along with with one of the ambulance crew. We wish the casualty a full and speedy recovery."

Lyme Regis Coastguard was tasked to help West Bay Coastguard just after 6.15pm.

A spokesman for Lyme Regis Coastguard said: "On arrival at the scene, the casualty was given immediate care before being carefully packaged and transported to the awaiting ambulance at Seatown. The casualty was then taken to Dorset County Hospital for further assessment.

"We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.

"For emergencies on the cliffs, beach, sea or tidal river, call 999 and ask for the coastguard."