WALKERS are being reminded to stay safe along the coast after a woman slipped down a cliff.

West Bay coastguard rescue team was called to rescue a woman who slipped down East Cliff in West Bay at around 1.30pm on Monday.

The team was called to the scene by the National Maritime Operations Centre.

Four of the team’s officers headed to the area in a rescue vehicle. 

The 46-year-old woman, thought to have a suspected fracture or broken ankle, and her friend, were found half way up the cliff. They were looked after by the officers until a rapid response paramedic arrived on scene.

Back-up was requested from more of the team at West Bay 
station in order to get the woman off the cliff safely in a stretcher, and she was carried down the steep slope where she was then taken to hospital by ambulance. 

A spokesman for West Bay coastguard said: “We wish her a full and speedy recovery.

“Stay safe on the coast. 

“There are some really simple things you can do to keep you and your family safe.

“Read all of the local signage and safety information. 
“When walking on the cliff path, keep well away from the edge of the cliff, keep your dog on a lead and keep your children close by.

“When walking on the beach under the cliffs, the coastguard recommend that the height of the cliff is the distance you should stay away from it.

“For example if the cliff is 50ft high, then you should stay a minimum of 50ft away from the base of the cliff.

“This goes for walkers as well as families looking to spend the day on the beach. 

“We are not here to ruin anyone’s day at the beach, we just want everyone to be aware of the local hazards and take home only happy memories.

“If you find yourself in difficulty or if you are concerned for others do not hesitate, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”