Published: May 5, 2013
In photos: Air ambulance flies in to help horse rider on Brean beach

These were the scenes on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (May 5th) after an air ambulance was called to help a young girl who had been thrown from a horse.

The eight-year-old was riding along the beach near the Seagull Inn when a dog spooked her horse and sent her falling onto the hard sand.

Coastguards and ambulance crews from Burnham were called to the scene, as pictured, and due to concerns about the girl's condition, an air ambulance was also called, landing on the beach at around 4.20pm.

"Several eyewitnesses said the girl's horse had been spooked by a labrador running after the animal, which caused it to rear up and throw the girl to the ground," beach warden Dave Furber told

"The Coastguard and ambulance were called to help and they in turn asked for an air ambulance. The Dorset and Somerset helicopter was busy on another incident, so the Great Western Air Ambulance from Bristol landed instead - it was very quickly on the scene."

The girl was checked over by the ambulance crew and helicopter medics and, in the end, she was taken by land ambulance to hospital.


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