Pensioner falls onto rocks while walking with grandchildren

Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats deployed to rescue woman, 72, who landed on rocks by castle in Dumfries and Galloway.

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A 72-year-old woman has been rescued after falling onto rocks while out walking with her grandchildren.

She suffered a suspected broken hip in the incident, which happened near Southerness in Dumfries and Galloway at around 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

An off-duty paramedic who witnessed the fall initially raised the alarm by phoning the coastguard.

Silloth RNLI deployed a lifeboat to assist in the rescue operation at the rocks by Cardoness Castle.

Emergency vehicles were unable to get close to the rocks due to the tide coming in, so the lifeboat was used to transfer the woman around the coast for better access to a waiting ambulance.

The woman was placed on a stretcher and transferred onto the lifeboat along with a paramedic from the Scottish Ambulance Service and taken to Powillimount beach.

The woman was met there by an ambulance and coastguards from Portling.