Two of the Island’s Coastguard Rescue Teams responded to reports that a person had fallen down the cliff at Alum Bay yesterday morning (Sunday).
The Needles Coastguard, Ventnor Coastguard and the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat were tasked to Alum Bay shortly after 11:30 following a 999 call from a member of staff at The Needles Pleasure Park. The manager reported spotting a person down the cliff face beside the popular tourist attraction, according to Solent Coastguard.
A full cliff rescue operation was launched and a volunteer member of HM Coastguard was lowered some 60 metres down the cliff to rescue the woman, who was placed on a stretcher and recovered to the top before being transferred into the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.
Island Echo understands members of the public risked their own lives by heading down the cliff ahead of the emergency services’ arrival.
The incident was closed at 13:20.
Photographs thanks to Paul King/Home Counties Press Agency.