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Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft in multi-agency medevac of injured horse rider

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 2 October at 12.20, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Hunstanton Hovercraft to assist other agencies in the evacuation of an injured horse rider on Holme beach.


Library photo of Hunstanton RNLI Hovercraft

Hunstanton Hovercraft launched on service and on arrival, the crew assisted coastguard and paramedics to carry the rider to higher ground, as the tide was coming in.

Due to the severity of the injuries to the rider, the Coastguard Helicopter was requested, and landed on the beach.

Once the paramedics had stabilised the causality, they were placed in the helicopter and flown to Norwich Hospital.

This was a serious incident carried out by various agencies working successfully together.

The volunteer crew at Hunstanton RNLI wish the rider a speedy recovery.

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