EMERGENCY services were called to the rescue of a 67-year-old woman at Freshwater Beach, Burton Bradstock, after she was swept off her feet by the sea on Thursday afternoon.
Coastguards from Lyme Regis and West Bay, Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, police and the ambulance service were called to the scene at 11.32am.
However, it was two swimming pool lifeguards from the nearby holiday park that turned out to be the heroes in this incident, running into the open water to rescue the woman.
When the coastguards and lifeboat arrived on scene, the woman had already been pulled from the water and was receiving medical treatment from the ambulance service. She was then taken to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.
Another ambulance also attended to check the two lifeguards.
Commenting on social media, lifeboat crew helm Tim Edwards said: “So much respect for those lifeguards that entered the water today. Conditions on scene were treacherous. Really hope their actions are rewarded.”
The sea was described as “extremely rough with a large ground swell of about three metres”.
Coastguards added: “The strong winds and spring tides mean the ‘big’ seas are very dangerous so please be very careful on the coast during Storm Ellen.”
Coastguards were called out for a second time yesterday afternoon to assist RNLI lifeguards on Lyme Regis beach, as many beach goers were ignoring safety advice in the rough sea.
The incoming ‘spring’ tide, rip currents, large swell and very strong winds have created unseasonably hazardous conditions this weekend and emergency services have called for the public to heed safety advice.