Dorset

Fourteen people rescued from 174ft Skyline Tower in Weymouth

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Media captionHelicopters were used to lift people off the Jurassic Skyline Tower

Fourteen people have been winched to safety after becoming trapped up a 53m-high (174ft) viewing tower in Dorset.

Thirteen visitors, including an 11-week-old baby, and a member of staff were rescued from Weymouth's Jurassic Skyline tower by coastguard helicopter.

The rescue operation began after fire crews were called at about 16:15 BST and ascended the tower.

The helicopter arrived at around 19:30, when other rescue options were ruled out due to bad weather.

It refuelled in Bournemouth at 21:00, before returning to winch those who remained in the tower to safety.

The rescue was completed at about 22:10 and the helicopter was flown back to its base at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Dorset Fire and Rescue said: "Arrangements have been made to provide them with a safe place to rest and recover once returned to the ground."

The firefighters in the tower were getting themselves out of the building.

The operator of the tower, which gives 360-degree views of the coastline, Jurassic Skyline, said on Facebook the problem was down to "technical difficulties".

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