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Trapped walker rescued from coastal path sea rocks

Coastal path sign at Porlock Image copyright Tim Graham/Getty Images
Image caption The woman was walking along the South West Coastal path from Minehead to Porlock

A walker has been rescued by the RNLI after falling off the coastal path and getting trapped overnight on rocks.

The woman was walking the South West Coast path from Minehead to Porlock when she fell off near Hurlstone Point.

Operations manager Dr John Higgie said: "She slipped and fell a few feet but she decided to do the sensible thing and stay where she was and wait for help to come."

He said she was cold but otherwise "none the worse for her ordeal".

The 50-year-old woman, who is from Porlock, was reported overdue on Saturday evening after setting out for her walk. A search was carried out by a coastguard helicopter and shore teams but they failed to locate her.

At first light on Sunday, Minehead's RNLI lifeboats were launched to join the operation and within minutes crews spotted her on rocks at Hurlstone Point.

She was rescued by a lifeboat and taken back to Minehead for a medical check up by the charity's doctor.

"She is an experienced walker and often uses this section of the coast path.

"Unfortunately just as it was getting dark last night she slipped and fell a few feet, but she decided to do the sensible thing and stay where she was and wait for help to come," Dr Higgie added.

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