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Dramatic cave rescue for woman who was trapped overnight

A 50-year old walker has been rescued from a cave on the Somerset coast after falling from a cliff and becoming trapped.

She was rescued by lifeboat crews from Minehead on Sunday (18/12) morning after spending all night trapped at an Exmoor beauty spot.

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The woman was reported overdue on Saturday evening after setting out to walk the South West Coast path from Minehead to Porlock.

A smaller boat was called in to get close enough to rescue her. Credit: Minehead RNLI

A search was carried out by a coastguard helicopter and shore teams but they were unable to find her.

At dawn on Monday morning, Minehead’s RNLI lifeboats were launched to join the operation and within minutes crews spotted the woman on rocks at Hurlestone Point.

The woman said she'd hit her head. Credit: Minehead RNLI

She was taken back to Minehead and checked over by the station’s Local Operations Manager Dr John Higgie.

He said the woman, who lives in Porlock, was cold but otherwise none the worse for her all-night ordeal.

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 John Higgie, Minehead RNLI
She was lifted to safety by the volunteer crew. Credit: Minehead RNLI