Air ambulance lands on beach after woman kicked in face by horse

PUBLISHED: 09:11 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 08 August 2018

The air ambulancehad to land at Berrow Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Maritime & Coastguard Agency

The air ambulancehad to land at Berrow Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Maritime & Coastguard Agency

A rider was treated by paramedics on the beach after her horse kicked her in the chest and face leaving her injured in the water.

The air ambulance at Berrow Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Maritime & Coastguard AgencyThe air ambulance at Berrow Beach. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Maritime & Coastguard Agency

The woman was hurt while enjoying the sunshine at Brean Beach yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard and Great Western Air Ambulance were among the emergency agencies called to the Somerset coast shortly after 4.30pm.

A coastguard spokesman said it was an unfortunate incident.

They said: “A woman had been walking along in the shallow waves with her horse to cool off when it became a little uneasy and kicked out.

“In a stroke of bad luck, it kicked her in the chest which then followed through to her face and she fell to the floor and into the shallow water.

“The beachwarden quickly mobilised and seeing the injuries called for an ambulance and asked for assistance from the RNLI lifeguards on Berrow Beach.

“The Great Western Air Ambulance was scrambled and landed nearby on the very busy beach and an ambulance was also quick to arrive.

“The lady was treated and stabilised in a combined effort with all the medical teams who were on scene and taken to hospital via the ambulance.

“We were requested to create a cordon for the helicopter to take off as there was a curious crowd and with the wind picking up and lots of loose sand and debris in the area, it could cause an injury to the public if they were to wander to close.

“Once all other units cleared the beach we were able to stand down and return to station.”

The coastguard hopes the casualty will be well soon.

The spokesman added: “We hope the lady recovers quickly and is riding again in the near future.

“If you have an emergency at the beach or along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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