Crews called to rescue woman from cliff edge

EMERGENCY services were called to help a “high risk” woman on a cliff edge to the east of Charmouth on Monday, October 29.

Dorset Police requested the assistance of coastguards at about 6pm, and volunteers from the Lyme Regis and West Bay crews were called to the scene.

En route, the teams were told the woman had fallen from the cliff edge approximately 20 feet to a steep bank below.

A coastguard rescue helicopter from Solent and the South West Ambulance Service’s Hazard Area Response Team (HART) were scrambled.

The helicopter surveyed the area and then landed on the cliff nearby to provide ground assistance, as a winch recovery was not preferable.

Four coastguard cliff technicians and a HART paramedic were all deployed down the steep bank to stabilise the casualty, provide pain relief and then package her into a rescue stretcher.

She was then recovered back to the top of the cliff and carried to the waiting helicopter, which airlifted her to Southampton General Hospital for onward care and treatment.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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