Woman badly injured in fall at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 18:23 21 October 2018 | UPDATED: 21:52 21 October 2018

The Coastguard  helicopter hovers above Lyme's Monmouth Beacxh where a woman was badly hurt in a fall. Picture: SEB COPE

The Coastguard helicopter hovers above Lyme's Monmouth Beacxh where a woman was badly hurt in a fall. Picture: SEB COPE

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Coastguard rescue helicopter airlifts 71-year-old to hospital

The injured woman is winched aboard the rescue helicoper. Picture: SEB COPEThe injured woman is winched aboard the rescue helicoper. Picture: SEB COPE

Coastguards and Lyme Regis lifeboat rushed to the aid of a 71-year-old woman who fell on rocks while she went fossil hunting this afternoon ( Sunday, October 21).

The victim, a regular visitor to the resort from her home in Jersey, was with members of her family, including two grandchildren, when she fell and badly injured her right leg on Monmouth Beach, to the west of the town.

Coastguards ashore decided it was not safe to carry the woman across stones and boulders and requested the Lyme Regis lifeboat to stand off in case it was needed.

In the end the volunteer RNLI crew, who launched at 3.03pm, returned to the boathouse at 4.25pm. A coastguard helicopter took the woman to hospital in Dorchester.

Two lifeboat crew members went ashore to assist coastguards.

The woman’s son told the RNLI team: “We are very grateful for the help my mother received from the coastguards and the lifeboat crew.”

The family did not wish to be named.

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