Drunk man falls off railway line into sea off Dorset

A drunken man sparked a sea rescue operation after falling into the sea off the coast of Dorset.

The man, who coastguards said was "as drunk as you could get" made a 999 call on his mobile phone saying he had fallen from a railway line.

A helicopter and a lifeboat were scrambled while coastguard officers spoke to the man for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

He was found by the inshore lifeboat lying on his back off Poole Harbour.

The casualty was taken to the lifeboat station before being transferred on to Poole Hospital for treatment.

'In the bath'

A Portland Coastguard spokesman said: "He was slurring very badly so it was difficult to understand what he was saying.

"He had been walking along the railway line towards Bournemouth and all he knew was that he had fallen off the track.

"He was not injured but he was in shallow water and was able to breathe. It sounded like he was in the bath as we could hear water lapping."

The coastguard spokesman added: "He was about as drunk as you could get so we're not sure how long he had been in the water."

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