The whole Coastguard rescue team was to reports of a 13-year-old boy trapped following a major landslip on the beach below Stonebarrow, east of Charmouth. On arrival at the scene it was quickly established that the teenager was trapped in the mud up to his thighs in an existing mudflow. The situation was compounded as the rocks and mud were continuing to fall onto the casualty & the rescuers. The casualty, who suffered from ‘brittle bones’ was very carefully extracted from the mud and placed on a basket stretcher. He was checked out by the paramedic who had earlier been dropped on scene by the Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 106. The teenager was stretchered from the beach to a land ambulance were he was carefully checked over. He was later allowed to home to continue his holiday in Charmouth.
The recent extreme rainfall has made the cliffs very unstable and heightened the risk that of mudslides and landslips. Please stay away from the cliffs and the mud.