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Woman rescued after falling 30ft into sea from cliffs near Swanage
A WOMAN climber has been rescued after plunging more than 30ft into the sea from cliffs near Swanage.
The drama unfolded at Anvil Point, a popular climbing spot on the Purbeck coast.
Paramedics and two RNLI lifeboats from Swanage were mobilised after the alarm was raised, around 6.20pm on Tuesday evening, but after a quick check-up the climber was able to make her own way home.
It is understood the woman was in the water for around 20 minutes.
Coastguard officers said she was “very lucky” not to injure herself in the fall, despite landing in the sea.
As the rescue progressed the coastguard helicopter was put on alert, but later stood down when it emerged the woman was uninjured.
A Swanage RNLI lifeboat spokesman explained: “Both Swanage lifeboats were tasked to assist in the recovery of a climber who had fallen.
“The lifeboats launched with the faster D-Class arriving on scene first. The casualty was quickly located and two crew put her ashore to assess her condition.”
The spokesman confirmed the climber was cold and wet but able to walk.
She was transferred from the inshore lifeboat to the RNLI's larger all-weather craft and taken back to Swanage.
Meanwhile, Swanage Coastguard volunteers met with the woman's climbing partner on the cliff top and brought him back to the town's lifeboat station.
The spokesman added: “Once back at the lifeboat station the boats were re-housed and the casualty handed over to the waiting ambulance.
“Thankfully, after a quick check-up she was free to go home.”
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