Woman in hospital after being thrown from horse on beach

PUBLISHED: 11:02 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:02 14 August 2017

The woman was looked after by paramedics, the RNLI and the Coastguard. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

The woman was looked after by paramedics, the RNLI and the Coastguard. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

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A woman is recovering in hospital after she was thrown from her horse on the beach over the weekend.

The incident happened on Brean Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.The incident happened on Brean Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

She was riding her horse on Brean Beach on Saturday just below the high tide line when her horse was spooked by a dog.

Burnham-on-Sea’s RNLI lifeguards were on duty and quickly helped her after she hit the floor hard.

Due to the nature of her injuries, the lifeguards placed her onto a spinal board and head immobiliser, so they could keep her still.

An ambulance and the coastguard were called to the scene and she was taken to hospital.

A spokesman for Burnham coastguard said: “When we arrived on scene, we noticed a fair wind was blowing in off the sea so using the truck and stretchers we created a giant windbreak to shield the rider and ensured she stayed warm.

“The RNLI Lifeguards and coastguard team members took turns in stabilising her head.

“Once the ambulance arrived and had assessed her we carried her to the ambulance which was situated in a car park off of the beach and she was transferred to hospital, where we hope she makes a full recovery and is back riding again soon.”

If you see anyone in difficulty or danger along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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