Woman is rescued in cliff drama
Published: November 23, 2006 | 5080th good news item since 2003
EMERGENCY services joined forces on Monday to rescue a woman who had plunged from 120ft-high cliffs at a Dorset beauty spot.
Firefighters, Southbourne coastguards and paramedics assisted in the dramatic bid to save the woman after a member of the public alerted Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to Hengistbury Head at 1.30 pm.
By the time medical help arrived a man who had attempted to reach the casualty single-handedly had also became trapped on the cliff face.
He was rescued after a short time but the woman, who had fallen an estimated 40ft, could not be brought safely to the cliff-top and the air ambulance was called from Portland.
The beach below was cleared while the helicopter hovered overhead and the woman was winched up to safety in a cage stretcher.
A Portland coastguard representative said the woman had been airlifted to the landing site at Poole hospital.
The man who put his own life on the line trying to save her suffered minor injuries and is not believed to have needed hospital treatment.
The spokeswoman added: “Fortunately the woman had only fallen about ten metres – about a third of the way down the cliff – but the incident happened at the highest point.
“Something obviously broke her fall. Her condition is unknown.”