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Multi-agency Rescue of Horse Woman

London, 14 November/GNN/ -- MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY News Release (Duty 1) issued by The Government News Network on 14 November 2006 A woman riding her horse this afternoon in the Charmouth area was found laying in water after she had fallen from her horse and had been trampled by it.

Portland Coastguard received a request for assistance to the casualty at

1:15 p.m. from the Southwest Ambulance service. The female casualty had been trampled by her horse after becoming unseated, near Gribb (approx 6.5 miles north of Charmouth, Dorset) and had been laying in water for almost 90 minutes before she was spotted by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Search and Rescue co-ordinators at Portland Coastguard scrambled the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 'Whiskey Bravo' to the scene and the injured horse rider was airlifted to the helicopter landing site at Dorchester where Wyke Coastguard Rescue Team helped to transfer her to an ambulance for onward transportation to Dorchester Hospital; where she has been receiving medical attention for suspected spinal injuries.

Mark Rodaway, Duty Senior Coastguard Officer from Portland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said:

"Although this incident occurred some way inland it is not unusual for H.M. Coastguard to support other emergency service colleagues when the need arises. This incident, like many others around the country, demonstrates the excellent co-operation between the emergency services all working together to deliver an effective and efficient emergency response wherever and whatever the circumstances.

I understand the casualty is said to be in a stable condition."


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