Kind-hearted members of the public came to the aid of a couple after they fell on a steep ledge on the coast.

West Bay Coastguard were called on Monday morning at 11.35am to reports of two people needing help on East Beach in West Bay.

A 76-year-old lady had collapse whilst walking up the steep shingle bank from the beach to the car park. Her husband, trying to help, then also slipped, hitting his head and getting some grazes.

The couple were being cared for members of the public at the bottom of the bank and the ambulance service was also called.

West Bay Coastguard officers quickly responded to the station in West Bay to gather their equipment and rescue vehicle and headed to East Beach.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard said: “Both casualties were found to be in good spirits and were assessed by coastguard officers, their observations were passed back to the ambulance service via the coastguard control room.

“Due to the heat, both were carefully assisted off the beach and back to the car park to a place of shade where they were both monitored. After a period of time out of the sun and with both feeling much better, the couple decided to arrange their own transport to a minor injuries centre for a check-up and the ambulance was cancelled.

“We wish them both the very best and thanks goes out to the members of the public who called the emergency services and assisted the couple until help arrived.

“Stay safe on the coast this summer, but if you find yourself in difficulty or if you are concerned for others, do not hesitate, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”