The helicopters landed at scene at Durdle Door on Saturday afternoon and police are now asking people to stay away from the popular tourist spot. Images posted on social media by Purbeck Police show the aircraft landing on the sand and crowds leaving the beach en masse as the area was evacuated. HM Coastguard and the RNLI are helping to clear the area after police were called at around 3.45pm.
Chief Inspector Claire Phillips, of Dorset Police, said: “We have had to close the beach at Durdle Door to allow air ambulances to land. As a result, we are evacuating the beach and the surrounding cliff area.
“I am urging people to leave the area to enable emergency services to treat the injured people.”
Pictures taken earlier on Saturday showed the beach busy as the public were reminded to practise social distancing in the good weather following the relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Durdle Door’s arch is about 200 feet high.
The people injured apparently jumped fro the top of the arch into the sea below.
An officer from Poole Police told the Bournemouth Echo: “Emergency Services are trying to deal with the incident.
“We ask please that you avoid the area for the rest of the day. If you are currently at the location, please calmly make your way home so we can ensure effective service delivery.”
More to follow…