COASTGUARDS landed a rescue helicopter near Durdle Door during a 'frantic' series of rescues at the beauty spot.

A person with suspected heatstroke on Durdle Door beach was airlifted to hospital by the coastguard helicopter on Sunday afternoon after paramedics and coastguard officers rushed to the scene.

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A 4x4 vehicle acted as a relay station due to poor radio communications in the area, while crews helped clear the beach for a coastguard helicopter from St Athan to land.

"With the casualty secured inside the helicopter we then set about preparing a landing site for further transportation to hospital by ambulance," a spokesman for Kimmeridge coastguard said.

However, as the situation was being resolved the crews received reports of an unconscious person in the car park.

With events rapidly escalating, Wyke Coastguard was called in to help, and another ambulance rushed to the scene.

"After an extensive search and enquiries by all coastguard teams, news came through that the person had fainted and had now left the scene under the care of their family," said the Coastguard spokesman.

As teams were finishing up, yet another report came through, this time of a person with a fractured ankle half way down the track to Durdle Door.

Coastguard teams, ambulance crews and Lulworth responders assisted, with the three coastguard teams helping to place the injured person into a stretcher.

Using the 'caterpillar' technique - which enables a stretcher to be safely manoeuvred across difficult terrain when it can’t be carried - the person was carried across a fence into the awaiting 4x4 vehicle and taken back up the track to the ambulance.

A coastguard spokesman said: "All in all another frantic few hours. Special thanks to the Lulworth Estate wardens who, as always, gave first class assistance to us - opening gates, keeping people back from cliff edges and carrying ambulance equipment to the casualties on their utility vehicle."