EMERGENCY services raced to rescue a man who fell from a cliff into the sea.

Coastguard officers, RNLI volunteers, paramedics and the air amublance were all called to help a man who had fallen from the cliff and into the water north of Pulpit Rock, Portland at 3.49pm yesterday afternoon.

A local coasteering instructor helped the man while emergency services were on their way.

A spokesman for Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team said: "We were called to help a male that had fallen from the cliff and into the water North of Pulpit Rock, near to the Ministry of Defence buildings.

"Once on scene, the team located the casualty and found he had manage to self recover from the water and onto rocks. A local coasteering instructor had been in the area at the time and had assisted the casualty.

"Once Weymouth inshore lifeboat (ILB) arrived on scene the casualty was transferred aboard. Weymouth ILB crew then gave casualty care and recovered the male back to shore. The casualty was then taken into the care of SWAST Paramedics and Air Ambulance crew for a full assessment.

"During the incident the team gave first aid to a young female who had sustained some minor cuts and bruises.

"With all casualty’s safe and well the teams returned to their stations. We’d like to thank the local coasteering instructor for his assistance."

A spokesman for Weymouth Lifeboat said: Weymouth RNLI Inshore lifeboat was launched at 3.49pm yesterday to reports from the Coastguard of a person having fallen onto rocks/sea at Pulpit Rock at Portland Bill.

"On scene at 4.02pm, a request was sent for the stations all-weather also be launched should extra help be needed.

"On scene, the volunteer crew of the inshore lifeboat worked with an instructor from a Coasteering group to get the casualty ashore to a waiting ambulance.

"The all-weather lifeboat was released at 4.40pm while the inshore lifeboat returned at 5.20pm. Both boats were refuelled and made ready for the next shout."