A WOMAN who was reported missing in Lynton last night was found to have fallen down a 15ft embankment.
Police launched a search for the woman, who is in her sixties, after her family reported her missing at around 11.50pm.
She was last seen in the village and so local officers and members of her family embarked on a search of the Lynton area.
After just over an hour of searching, the woman was found down a 15ft embankment behind the 30mph sign at the entrance to Barbrook.
Police said a dog alerted the search party to the woman’s location, although officers didn’t confirm whether it was a police dog which made the discovery.
The woman was conscious and breathing and fire crews from Lynton and Barnstaple were called to the scene to help rescue her.
Firefighters cut a barbed wire fence to gain access to her and crews managed to carry her up to the road.
An ambulance was called as a precautionary measure, but the woman had only scratches and bruises.
Police believe she had slipped and fallen while attempting to walk home.
Her family were with her as she was rescued from the grassy embankment and they took her home.