A walker was helped to safety by Coastguards after suffering a knee injury in an accident on Burnham-On-Sea beach this morning (Monday).

Coastguards and a crew from BARB were called to the town’s beach near the low lighthouse just after 8.30am where a lady had being knocked over by a dog.

A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: “Two ladies were out with their dogs who were enjoying the bright morning and the freedom of the beach when one over-enthusiastic pooch collided with the owner and she took a tumble, injuring her knee.”

“She was helped to a nearby rock so she could sit and take the weight off her knee. Realising that she wasn’t going to be able to move any further, ourselves and a South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Ambulance were called.”

“When we arrived the Ambulance crew had just arrived on scene and were assessing the lady, we made plans for extraction to the ambulance and decided that as an extra option we should task BARB for their Polaris All Terrain vehicle if needed.”

“It was very cold due to the wind and it was important to get her out of the elements as soon as possible. With this in mind, we decided to transport her back to our station and the ambulance met us there where they could then transfer her to their vehicle.”

“We hope the lady is soon up and about and back enjoying our beautiful beach soon.”

A BARB spokesman said: “Our volunteers were called out at 8.42am this morning to assist Burnham Coastguards with a medical incident on Burnham beach where a female walker had suffered a leg injury in a fall.”

“BARB’s Polaris multi-terrain vehicle was called as a precaution to help move the casualty, along with our 4×4. The incident happened near Burnham’s low lighthouse.”

“The women was taken by Coastguards to the seafront where she was treated by an ambulance crew.”

“This was another incident where close multi-agency team-working worked really.”


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