A WOMAN was spotted 'lying on the rocks' with potential spinal injuries after falling at a West Somerset beach.

Emergency services rushed to Bossington Beach after the woman was reported.

The woman, in her 40s, had fallen and stumbled down a steep shingle ridge and was in need of urgent help.

A spokesperson for Watchet Coastguard said: "On arrival at scene our team were directed down from Hurlstone Point onto the shingle beach following a sighting of the person lying on rocks by the crew of RNLI Lifeboat Station, Minehead.

"The coastguard team joined officers from Avon and Somerset Police who had also been tasked at the scene."

It was feared the woman had suffered serious spinal injuries during her fall, so the team placed her in a neck brace.

The spokesperson added: "A primary and secondary survey was carried out with observations carried out. The diagnosis was that the casualty had potentially serious spinal injuries and so was immobilised with a neck brace.

"The arrival of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust Helicopter on the beach allowed the coastguards to provide the two paramedics with a ATMIST handover of the casualties condition, before a land based log roll with neutral alignment was carried out by the assembled rescuers.

"The coastguards then undertook a stretcher carry out down to the air ambulance which had repositioned itself to allow the transfer to the air ambulance to be less traumatic for the patient."

The woman was then transported to hospital via the air ambulance.

"We wish her well with her recovery," the spokesperson added.