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May 10, 2006
Burnham hovercraft flies to the aid of injured dog walker

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft flew to the aid of an injured beach walker involved in a freak accident on Berrow Beach this week.

Christine Coombes of Barton Road, Berrow, was walking her dogs along the sands when one of the animals ran into her, pushing her over and badly injuring her knee.

Husband Mike said on Wednesday (May 10th): "The boxer ran into her at speed, causing her to fall and badly twist her knee. She was in a lot of pain, real agony, and couldn't get up."

"Fortunately, the hovercraft crew were in the area on training and quickly flew across to us, then managed to take Christine onboard and fly her back to the safety of the car park."

Paramedics have since checked her over and confirmed the knee is not broken, but Christine will take several days to recover.

"Her knee is still giving her a lot of pain and she's been told to rest in bed for several days," said Mike.

"We're very grateful to the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft team for their help. They were just marvellous, and couldn't do enough to help."

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