Four injured after being thrown from horses on beach

PUBLISHED: 10:16 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:16 15 August 2014

Amy Sellick and Dan Sampson.

Amy Sellick and Dan Sampson.

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FOUR horse-riders were treated for injuries after being thrown from their animals on the beach.

The RNLI lifeguards based at Berrrow attended the scene after being alerted to the incident by a member of the public on Wednesday afternoon.

Two of the riders had possible spinal injuries, one had a fractured leg and there were also head, foot and shoulder injuries.

Lifeguard Dan Sampson, who attended along with Amy Sellick, said: “It was fortunate that none were too serious, as we were able to move around the casualties and help treat them.

“It was a surprise initially to see four people on the ground as we initially thought there were only two, but we immediately went into autopilot and used the casualty care training we’ve received to triage and deal with the situation.”

Berrow and Brean beach wardens assisted them at the scene, and the riders were transported to hospital for further treatment.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Ross Leighton said: ‘I am immensely proud of how well Dan and Amy conducted themselves yesterday in what was a triage situation.

“As part of their training they learn how to deal with circumstances such as these, but it’s not that often that they are put in a real life situation like this.

“They stayed calm under pressure to give each casualty the best possible treatment with limited resources until further help arrived.”

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