A child who was rescued from the sea off Portland 'momentarily stopped breathing' coastguards said this evening. The child was rescued after the alarm was raised by a member of the public just after 7pm.
A dramatic rescue unfolded at Chesil Cove at Portland tonight in front of scores of beach-goers after a child got into difficulties in the water. Coastguards say the six-year-old was taken to hospital in Dorchester after being stabalised by paramedics.
Police and coastguards cleared part of the beach to allow the helicopter to land on the sloping beach. There were some hundred people on the beach enjoying the hot sunny evening.
The South West Coast Path has been crowned the country's best coastal path. It is Britain's longest coastal trail, stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, past Land's End and up towards Poole harbour in Dorset.
It takes in one National Park, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two World Heritage Sites. It won the title at the Coast awards in London.