Hovercraft, RAF helicopter & Coastguard Rescue Teams recover horse rider with spinal injuries from Hest Bank, Morecambe – 230413 1035z

Transfer of the casualty from the beach to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary via RAF helicopter (Photo: RNLI/James Donnell)

Transfer of the casualty from the beach to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary via RAF helicopter
(Photo: RNLI/James Donnell)

 

Morecambes RNLI team were requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service this afternoon in recovering a horse rider with spinal injuries stranded after being thrown from her horse. The incident occurred near Hest Bank, Morecambe.

Morecambes volunteer RNLI crew members were paged by Liverpool Coastguard at 15:50pm onSaturday 20th April 2013 after Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from the riders friend who was out on the sands.

Immediately the Morecambe RNLI Inshore Rescue Hovercraft The Hurley Flyer was tasked to the area along with the Morecambe and Arnside Coastguard Rescue Teams to support the North West Ambulance Service. An RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey also attended the scene.

The person had been riding approximately a mile from shore when she had fallen from the horse, injuring her back.

Upon arrival on scene Morecambes RNLI Inshore Rescue Hovercraft crew assisted the RAF and ambulance service paramedics in transferring the casualty from the beach to the Sea King helicopter. Once the person had been stabilised she was immediately transferred to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The horse was found safe and well ashore.

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