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Horton and Port Eynon RNLI rescue injured horserider

Lifeboats News Release

At 3.20pm on Sunday (2 October) Horton and Port Eynon RNLI lifeboat was launched after information was received that a horserider was injured having fallen fro her horse at Three Cliffs Bay on Gower.

The volunteer lifeboat crew quickly made their way to Three Cliffs Bay where they located the 15-year-old female horserider. She had  injured  one of her legs. The injured leg was placed in splints and she was taken in the lifeboat to Oxwich beach.

She was then taken by ambulance to Morriston Hospital. The horse was uninjured. The volunteer crew were Eleanor Sullivan, Anthony Payne, Matthew Fifield and Wil Metcalfe.

Steve Sullivan, Deputy Launching Authority at Horton and Port Eynon Station, said: 'I would remind people  when walking or horse riding near on the coast to notify someone of where they are going and their expected time of return.'

Media contacts:

For more information contact Brin Hurford, Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Press Officer on 07968 269550 or email brinleyhurford@hotmail.com.  Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Public Relations Manager, Wales and West, on 01745 585162 or 07771 941390 or on email to eleri_roberts@rnli.org.uk.  

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