Emergency services have been called after a landslide at a beach near Burton Bradstock in Dorset (BBC)
Emergency services have been called after a landslide at a beach near Burton Bradstock in Dorset (BBC)

A search operation is under way following reports a person is trapped underneath rocks after a landslide at a holiday park in Dorset.

Emergency services were called to the incident near the Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock near Bridport.

Urban Search and Rescue Service (USAR), Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are searching for the person, who eyewitnesses believe is a 23-year-old woman.

In a joint statement Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Officers, with assistance from the police helicopter, are currently working alongside Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies to search the area.

"The Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) from Devon and Somerset has also been deployed to this incident. This is a national resource."

The landslide was reported to be 400m from the Freshwater caravan park.

A spokesman for the South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: "One person is reported as being trapped and the ambulance service is working in partnership with the other agencies on the scene to reach them as quickly as possible.

A worker at the Hive Beach Cafe said: "There was significant rockfall. We are waiting to find out more information but it is terribly sad."

The incident comes two weeks after Somerset couple Rosemary Snell, 67, and Michael Rolfe, 72, were killed in a landslide at the Beaminster Tunnel just nine miles away.