A deer that leapt into the sea after becoming trapped under cliffs in Dorset has been rescued by a RNLI crew.
The RNLI was called out to help the animal, which had become stuck on rocks at Durlston Head, amid fears a member of the public may attempt a rescue.
The deer jumped into the water when the Swanage lifeboat crew approached but they were soon able to capture it and pull it into the boat.
It was later released on the beach in Durlston Bay on advice from the RSPCA.
A Swanage RNLI spokeswoman said: "Portland Coastguard requested that the lifeboat crew launch to assist the deer as they were concerned that a member of the public might decide to try to rescue it themselves.
"The inshore lifeboat crew was quickly on the scene and one of them was put ashore.
"However, the startled creature then leapt into the sea [and] after a short swim the deer was recovered into lifeboat."