RNLI rescues injured water-skier
PUBLISHED: 10:25 28 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:36 28 August 2016
An injured water-skier was rescued from the sea near Weston’s Grand Pier yesterday (Saturday).
The town’s RNLI team was called just before 4pm after the woman suffered a back injury after reportedly losing control at 47mph and cartwheeling ‘several times’.
An RNLI spokesman said: “Within minutes of the pagers sounding the volunteers launched D-696 with extra crew on board to help with any movements of the casualty.
“The lifeboat crew quickly made a visual contact. As they got closer they found that the casualty was still in the water.
“Once close enough, three of the crew entered the water, to begin assessing the female using their casualty care training. They applied a neck collar prepared a spinal board.”
A paramedic from the coastguard helicopter was winched aboard to help secure the injured woman to a spinal board, before she was taken ashore by boat and then airlifted to hospital.
RNLI helmsman Mike Buckland said “This is a terrible accident, but because of the training our crews get, we gave this young lady the best chance of making a full recovery.
“I would like to thank the jet skiers in Knightstone Harbour who got our crew to the lifeboat and played a part in making sure this casualty made it safely to hospital.”