Coastguards help young water skier after 47mph sea crash
Coastguards were called out to Weston on Saturday afternoon (August
28th) after a young
water skier suffered a suspected back injury in an accident near
the Grand Pier.
Coastguards from Burnham, Clevedon and Weston were quickly on
scene, along with a Weston lifeboat crew.
the RNLI lifeboat crew got closer, they spotted the casualty still
in the sea. Three of the crew entered the water to start assessing
the girl, applying a neck collar and preparing a spinal board.
The Rescue 187 Coastguard Helicopter arrived moments later and its
trained paramedic was winched onto the lifeboat so he could also
help the injured female.
The lifeboat crew said the rigid-hulled inflatable boat, which had
been towing her while she was skiing, had been travelling at about
47 miles per hour when the young female had lost control and cartwheeled
Along with the paramedic from the helicopter, they carefully manoeuvred
the casualty and secured her onto the spinal board.
Once ashore, the casualty was carried to the helicopter which then
transferred her to hospital in Bristol for treatment.