LIFEBOAT crews and paramedics rescued an injured crew member on board a cruise ship in Weymouth Bay.

RNLI lifeboat crews from Weymouth were called to the Marella Explorer 2 yesterday amid reports of an injured man onboard.

Ambulance crews were also called to the incident.

A spokesman for Weymouth lifeboat station said: "Weymouth RNLI all-weather and Inshore lifeboats were on a regular training exercise in Weymouth Bay today, when Solent Coastguard headquarters requested that a lifeboat attend the cruise ship Marella Explorer2 which was at anchor in the bay.

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"It was reported that a crew member from the cruise ship had been injured and needed to be taken ashore."

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The Inshore lifeboat crew abandoned the training exercise and swiftly made haste to the anchored vessel.

The RNLI said the casualty, who was described as "walking wounded," was taken to an ambulance waiting at Weymouth lifeboat station.

He was then taken to Dorset County Hospital for further treatment.