A WOMAN and two dogs were recused from cliffs between Lyme Regis and Charmouth on Monday, after being cut off by the tide.
The 33-year-old woman from Cardiff had spent the day fossil hunting with her dogs, but became trapped by the tide below Black Ven. To escape the incoming water, she climbed the lower cliff level looking for a footpath but called the emergency services when she relaised she was in difficulty and the light was starting to fade.
Coastguards were alerted at 4.04pm with officers from Lyme Regis and West Bay attending the scene. Lyme Regis lifeboat was also launched and, with no clear access to the woman from land, two crew members swam ashore to make contact with her. They located the woman as she was using the torch function on her phone to attract attention.
The lifeboat then returned to Lyme Regis to pick up further crew, as well as a number of coastguard officers equipped with mud rescue equipment should it be required.
Once landed back on the beach, coastguards, lifeboat crew and a paramedic walked up to the casualty to assess her condition. Although quite cold, she was uninjured, but due to the darkness and sea conditions it was decided a helicopter was the best way to return her to safety.
The coastguard rescue helicopter based at Newquay was scrambled to assist and the woman was winched from the cliff and dropped back in Charmouth. She was checked over by a paramedic and cleared on scene.
Her dogs were taken back to Lyme Regis by the lifeboat crew using their small X-boat, and were then driven to Charmouth to be reunited with their owner.
A spokesperson for the coastguards said: “When walking on the coast, always make sure that you check the up and coming weather and tide times. Be prepared for the conditions by wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.
“If you are walking alone, make sure you have a method of calling for help and let someone know where you are going, and what time you expect to be back.
“Stay safe on the coast, but If you find yourself in difficulty or if you see something which gives you cause for concern then do not hesitate – dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”