Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Woman found five hours after East Cowes coast fall

Old Castle Point Image copyright Alamy
Image caption The walker fell heavily near Old Castle Point

A woman lay injured for about five hours after falling down a steep slope while on a solo charity walk around England, lifeboat rescuers have said.

The walker was a member of the armed forces raising money for Help for Heroes and was found in woodland near East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

A member of the public heard her cries for help at about 20:00 BST on Sunday, roughly five hours after her fall.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution said she was in "considerable pain".

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Image caption The Cowes lifeboat was used because of the "inaccessibility of the terrain", the RNLI said

RNLI spokesman George Chastney said the woman had been walking along part of the coastline when the path had petered out and she suffered hip, neck and back injuries in the fall.

The lifeboat crew was called because of the inaccessibility of the terrain near Old Castle Point and took the woman to an ambulance which then transferred her to St Mary's Hospital, Newport.

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