A south-coast climber was winched to a coastguard helicopter after becoming cragfast today.

The 20-year-old man became stuck on a route 30m (100ft) above the sea at Anvil Point, Purbeck, Dorset. Portland Coastguard was alerted by his climbing partner, who raised the alarm at nearby Lighthouse Cottage.

The rescued man was unhurt but cold after his ordeal. His ropes were recovered by a coastguard team, which also helped in the rescue.

Meanwhile, Lake District rescuers have warned walkers to beware after a woman was stretchered off the fells after injuring her ankle in a fall.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team went to the aid of the 51-year-old, who slipped on a path near Grisedale Tarn.

She was taken to hospital following the tumble. Rescuers said footpaths may be icy even down to low levels during the prolonged cold spell.

And a man who sent bogus rescue texts via his mobile phone has been ordered to pay a mountain rescue team £350.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team was alerted after Saif Jumah’s girlfriend reported his supposed ordeal to the Metropolitan Police. He had told her he was lost on a forest track in southern Scotland. The 26-year-old, who worked in an office at Straiton, near Edinburgh, had taken a wrong turn while travelling from his home in London. He found himself lost near Peebles on the journey to the supermarket office where he worked.

His girlfriend, Lutha Begum received a number of texts from him saying he was lost and it was getting dark. Despite eventually finding his way to Straiton, he continued sending messages to Ms Begum, before he finally admitted he was fine.

Sheriff Katherine Mackie, sitting at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, admonished the defendant, and ordered compensation be paid to the rescue team.

Police tracked down Jumah from via his mobile phone. Lothian and Borders and Dumfries and Galloway Police were also involved in the search for the man.