A DOG walker who injured her knee after taking a tumble on Burnham-on-Sea was rescued by the Coastguard.

Burnham Coastguard and BARB Search and Rescue were called to the beach at 8.31am on Monday (January 28) following reports of a casualty.

The woman and her friend were out walking with their dogs when the woman's over-enthusiastic pooch collided with her and she injured her knee.

The woman's friend helped her to a nearby rock so she could sit and take the weight off of her knee and called South Western Ambulance Service for help.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard, said: "When we arrived the ambulance crew had just arrived on scene and were assessing the lady.

"We made plans for extraction to the ambulance and decided that as an extra option we should task BARB Search & Rescue - Burnham-on-Sea hovercraft for their Polaris All Terrain vehicle if needed.

"It was becoming very cold due to the wind and it was important to get her out of the elements as soon as possible, with this in mind we decided to transport her back to our station and the ambulance met us there where they could then transfer her to their vehicle.

"We hope the lady is soon up and about and back enjoying our beautiful beach soon.

"Thanks to BARB for bringing their Polaris vehicle out, a good multi-agency job."

If you are in difficulty along the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguards