Five climbers have been rescued safe and well from cliffs near Swanage in a four hour rescue.
HM Coastguard were alerted to the five and requested the launch of both Swanage RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard rescue teams from Swanage and St Albans.
The five climbers were stuck on the base of the cliffs at Guillemot Ledge which is east of Dancing Ledge.
Sea conditions were rough but the crew of the RNLI inshore lifeboat managed to get ashore and confirmed the climbers were OK. Due to the sea conditions it was considered safer to recover the climbers using the Coastguard teams.
The location is a difficult cliff area but two Coastguard Rescue Officers descended the cliffs and started the technically demanding rescue , recovering one climber at a time.
Each climber was checked out as they were recovered to the top of the cliff before the Coastguard took them back to their vehicles having offered some safety advice.
All rescue units have now returned to their stations.
Our thanks as ever to all those involved in tonight's rescue.