COASTAL agencies have issued advice to walkers after a woman fell down a steep cliff.
The 38-year-old woman was rescued by the coastguard and medics after she slipped down the steep cliff face at Horden.
She had been out walking near the coastal path at Becketts Bank at around 5.50am on Bank Holiday Monday when the drama happened.
HM Coastgurad and The Durham Heritage Coast Partnership, which works with landowners to improve access and wildlife along the coast, are advising walkers to stick to paths.
A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: “We don’t know the full circumstances of the incident but our advice is always to stay away from the edges of cliffs.
“They look inviting and we don’t want to stop anyone having fun at the coast but we want them to go home as safe as they arrived.”
Heritage officer Neil Benson, of Durham Heritage Coast Partnership, added: “Keep to the paths would be our primary advice.
“Walkers need to be aware that with all the wet weather last year and over the winter landslips along the coast have been very active.
“It may look dry on top but it could be soft underneath so it is best to stay on the path.
“We will contact the landowner, find out exactly where the fall happened and make sure the paths there are safe.”
Monday’s rescue mission involved police, fire and ambulance services, plus the Coastguard and Hartlepool’s two lifeboats.
The woman was taken by lifeboat to Hartlepool docks and then transported to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton with a suspected hip injury.
Her injuries were not said to be life-threatening.