OH DEER! Swanage coastguard were called to two deer rescues over the Easter weekend - with very different endings.

On Saturday the team were called to Durlston to support colleagues from Dorset Fire and Rescue after a number of calls had been received reporting a deer at the bottom of the cliff.

The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was launched to investigate and soon found the small deer in a cave.

A spokesman said: "Deer are quite common in this area and the advice from the Country Park Wardens is to leave them as they will get themselves out either by jumping back up the ledges or actually swim!"

However, the lifeboat crew decided they would recover the deer and released it ashore in Durlston Bay.

A deer which fell from Burlington Chine on Easter Sunday was not so lucky.

The deer was seen to fall, before swimming out to sea, swimming both north and then south before becoming motionless and disappearing, said the spokesman.

"The team searched the beach and sent a unit to NCI at Peveril to search the bay but nothing further was located," they said.