EMERGENCY services were called to Lyme Regis town centre after a man fell from scaffolding into the River Lim on Wednesday morning.
The man was said to have fallen from scaffolding erected for work to be carried out at Buddle Bridge, near the traffic lights on Bridge Street, and suffered a suspected broken leg.
Devon Air Ambulance was called to the scene and landed on Cobb Gate beach, as well as two road ambulances, coastguards and two fire engines.
Originally thought to be a man working on repairs to the bridge, Dorset County Council has since reported that the work has been completed and the scaffolding had been tampered with.
A statement from the council said: “Dorset County Council has been repairing the medieval Buddle Bridge in Lyme Regis since June 11. The work has been completed and following an inspection from English Heritage, the scaffolding was due to be dismantled on Wednesday.
“The access hatch to the scaffolding had been secured with thick rope and two planks which appears to have been removed by an individual to gain entry to the scaffolding without permission.”
Councillor Daryl Turner, the council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, added: “We take the health and safety of our employees and the public very seriously. Construction sites can be dangerous places and security measures are put in place to prevent incidents.”