A rockclimber was unharmed after being rescued from a sea cliff yesterday.

The man was attempting the E4-graded Marmolata Buttress on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast when he became cragfast. He was rescued by lifeboat crew after spending an hour stuck on the route.

His climbing buddy raised the alarm at the emergency telephone at the nearby Anvil Point lighthouse and he was lowered to an inshore lifeboat below the cliff. A rescue helicopter stood by but was not needed.

Lifeboat crews from Swanage and St Albans were involved in the operation.

Portland Coastguard watch manager Bruce Lack, said: "We encourage people to enjoy the climbing opportunities along the Dorset coastline, but we would always recommend climbers stay within their comfort zone and capabilities and always carry the appropriate recommended safety equipment

The unnamed climber was unharmed in his ordeal and did not need hospital treatment.