A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after falling 60 feet from the cliff at Old Harry Rocks on Friday.

Police, fire, RNLI, coatguard and ambulance crews were all called to the coastal location in the afternoon. The response included a coastguard helictoper and air ambulance.

The woman, aged 65, was airlifted from the base of the cliff by the coastguard helicopter for treatment by paramedics on the clifftop. However, due to the seriousness of her injuries, she was then taken to hospital.

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Emergency services at Old Harry Rocks. Picture: Swanage Fire StationEmergency services at Old Harry Rocks. Picture: Swanage Fire Station

A Swanage Coastguard spokesperson said: "Coastguard teams from Swanage backed up by the St Albans Coastguard team, both Swanage RNLI lifeboats, South Western Ambulance , Dorset Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Rescue helicopter 175, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and HEMS car all attended to assist in the rescue. 

"The female had suffered some serious injuries and was air lifted from the base of the cliff to be treated by medics on the cliff top before being flown for specialist treatment at Southampton hospital. 

"A large area was temporarily cleared and closed to allow the emergency services to work including landing two helicopters. 

"It is understood the female was close to the edge when she slipped whilst out walking. 

"Members of the public called 999 reporting the incident after witnessing the fall."

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Emergency services at Old Harry Rocks. Picture: Swanage Fire StationEmergency services at Old Harry Rocks. Picture: Swanage Fire Station

A spokesperson for Swanage Fire Starion added: "This afternoon 16P4 was mobilised along with DWFRS tech rescue teams, the Coastguard, Swanage RNLI, South West Ambulance and Dorset Police to a lady who had fallen over the cliff at Old Harry Rocks. 

"The lady was airlifted from the base and handed over to paramedics and Doctors at the top of the cliff. 

"Unfortunately the lady suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Southampton Hospital.

"The incident showed great inter-agency
working and we wish the lady a speedy recovery."