Injured horse rider rescued at Sker Beach | News | The Bridgend …

Monday, 20 March 2017

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Porthcawl RNLI volunteer crew were called by UK Coastguards on Wednesday, March 15, after a female horse rider was injured on Sker Beach, Kenfig Sands.

Both the D class lifeboat, Jean Ryall and Atlantic 85 lifeboat Rose of the Shires were launched to assist in the incident.

UK Coastguard Agency units from Port Talbot and Porthcawl had transported a paramedic from the Welsh Ambulance Service to the scene of the incident and medical support was administered at the beach.

Thick fog meant that the Wales Air Ambulance could not land, so the decision was made to take the casualty from the beach by sea, back to a waiting ambulance at Porthcawl Lifeboat Station.

Lifeboat crewman Simon Emms said: “With thick sea mist reducing visibility to 200 metres, we landed crew members ashore to help transfer the stretchered casualty and the paramedic onto our D class lifeboat.

“With the casualty suffering suspected pelvic injuries, helmsman Chris Missen used the relative shelter from mussel beds at Sker to steer out to deeper water and reduce the impact from breaking waves.

“Once in deeper water, the paramedic and casualty were transferred to the larger Atlantic 85 and brought back slowly to a waiting ambulance crew.”

Lifeboat Deputy Launch Authority, Aileen Jones , said: “With visibility along the coast greatly reduced by sea mist, we worked with other rescue agencies and managed a safe and successful extraction of the casualty from this remote part of our coastline. Hopefully, the casualty will make a full recovery.”

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