A COASTGUARD crew raced to two call outs on Portland during the weekend.

Around 5.30pm on Saturday, Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team received a call out of a woman on a horse who had injured her back by the cliff edge, near Portland Bill - and later the team were called to Portland Harbour to rescue a surfer, who was in 'difficulty'.

A spokesman from Portland Bill Coastguard Rescue Team, said: "A female rider had fallen from her horse along the coast path south of Bob’s Crane, near Portland Bill.

"The team were tasked by Solent Coastguard to the female that had fallen from her horse and suffered a back injury on the coast path.

"On arrival, we found the female no longer needed our assistance and was being taken to hospital by a friend.

"With this information the team stood down and returned to station.

At 18:34pm, we were called to a kite surfer in difficulty in Portland Harbour.

The team tasked by Solent Coastguard to get eyes on a kite surfer in difficulty, who had become separated from his kite in Portland Harbour.

"As the team arrived on scene, they located the kite surfer who had managed to swim ashore with the aid of a paddle boarder.

"A welfare check of the man was made and with him safe and well the team returned to station."