A woman died after a fall on sea cliffs where a climber was also seriously injured.

Rescuers discovered the woman about 300m from the stricken climber they had been called out to help. The incidents took place at Anvil Point, Swanage, Dorset, where another climber was rescued on Saturday.

The woman, in her 50s, was flown by helicopter to Dorset County Hospital, but died from her injuries. The 22-year-old climber was also airlifted to hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Both had come to the area with friends to go climbing. The alarm was raised at 1.30pm yesterday and the Coastguard, lifeboats and other rescuers joined in the operation. The woman who died was from the Bournemouth area, while the injured man lived in the Thames Valley.

The incidents happened close to where a man was rescued after spending an hour cragfast on Marmolata Buttress on Saturday.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen either of the casualties before their accidents.