A woman had to be rescued by stretcher after she fractured her ankle in a remote area of West Dorset.

The incident took place on Sunday, December 31 and West Bay Coastguard were called at 6.07pm.

The team was paged by Solent Coastguard to reports of an injured woman located in a remote area to the east of Seatown.

The woman had been walking on the coastal path with friends but had slipped and fallen.

The team worked alongside Lyme Regis Coastguard to rescue the woman.

On arrival at Seatown it was dark, the weather conditions were bad with high winds, driving rain and very slippery ground which made off-road access for the vehicles high risk.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard said: “A team of officers carrying all of the necessary first aid and stretcher equipment hiked from Seatown to the casualty's location where she was found with her companions in good spirits and glad of some more company."

After around 30 minutes the woman was taken back in Seatown and transported to Dorset County Hospital for treatment.