Berrow RNLI lifeguards assist woman injured in horse riding accident
Berrow RNLI lifeguards assisted a woman who had been kicked in the head and the chest by a horse Tuesday (7 August) afternoon.
RNLI lifeguards were alerted to the injured woman by Brean and Berrow beach wardens. RNLI lifeguard supervisor Luke Penman and colleague Jake Anderson immediately made their way to the scene whilst senior RNLI lifeguard Luke Rennie continued safety patrols at Berrow beach.
By the time they reached the casualty, she had been moved away from the water’s edge due to the incoming tide. The lifeguards then administered casualty care and, as the casualty was complaining of difficulty breathing, gave her oxygen.
Due to the nature of the casualty’s injuries, the air ambulance was requested to give further assistance. Luke and Jake assisted the paramedics in treating the casualty who then remained in their care.
Luke Penman, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:
‘This was an unfortunate incident for the casualty to find herself in. Thanks to the excellent casualty care training we receive as lifeguards, we were able to help her and wish her a speedy recovery.’
Notes to Editor
- RNLI lifeguards patrol over 249 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands
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