praised for quick action after four horse riders are injured
lifeguards at Berrow have been praised for their quick actions
in helping four horse riders following a major incident on the
beach this week.
first reported here,
four people were injured after they were thrown from their horses.
casualties were treated for a range of suspected injuries and
were taken to hospital for further treatment where they are understood
to be making a good recovery.
lifeguard Amy Sellick and lifeguard Dan Sampson, pictured, were
patrolling Berrow beach at the time of the incident when they
were alerted by a member of the public that two people had been
thrown off their horse further along the beach.
and Amy quickly got to the scene with their responder bag and
spinal board and found there were four riders who had been thrown
from their horses - all of whom needed medical attention.
two RNLI lifeguards immediately assessed the situation and prioritised
each patient dependant on their levels of injuries.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Amy and I split up and took one
of each of the more serious casualties and began providing treatment.
Amy then went back to the lifeguard unit to update the Coastguard
as our radio signal was weaker in the location where the casualties
were, and ambulances and the Burnham-on-Sea coastguard team were
requested to assist."
and Brean beach wardens who were on scene assisted Dan and Amy
until the ambulance crews arrived.
ambulance crews worked with lifeguards, coastguards and beach
wardens to carry the casualties into four waiting ambulances,
and they were transported to hospital for further treatment.
added: "The horse riders had a range of injuries, two had
possible spinal injuries, one had a fractured leg, and there were
also head, foot and shoulder injuries."
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 weve received to triage
and deal with the situation."
lifeguard supervisor Ross Leighton added: "I am immensely
proud of how well Dan and Amy conducted themselves in what was
a triage situation."
part of their training they learn how to deal with circumstances
such as these, but its 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."