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The NSRI assisted in 2 horse riding accidents over the last two weekends - one in Yyzerfontein on the West Coast and another at Jefferys Bay.

On Saturday, 6 April, at 12h17, NSRI Yzerfontein, in cooperation with the emergency services, assisted West Coast Medical ambulance services at an incident on 16 Mile Beach, North of Yzerfontein, where a female was injured after being dismounted while riding a horse on the beach.

NSRI Yzerfontein were at that time on the water conducting routine training.
NSRI crew were brought to shore and while WC Government Health EMS were alerted to the incident the NSRI Yzerfontein rescue vehicle responded to the scene along the beach.

Our NSRI rescue craft Sonja and Spirit of DHL II responded by sea – the rescue craft Sonja beached, bringing additional NSRI rescue crew to the scene to assist, while the rescue craft Spirit of DHL II remained at the backline on stand-by if needed.

EMS paramedics and West Coast Medical paramedics, assisted by our NSRI Yzerfontein rescue crew, treated the 30 year old female, from Kraaifontein, who had suffered serious injuries in a fall from a horse while riding on the beach.

She was accompanied by family members, including her sister who is a paramedic.

NSRI are informed that the horse was not injured in the incident and was taken to safety.

A Netcare 911 HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) helicopter had been activated and on their arrival on the scene an LZ (Landing Zone) had been prepared for them on the beach.

The Netrcare 911 helicopter landed on the beach.

The patient, secured into a stretcher and in the care of Netcare 911 paramedics, was airlifted to hospital by the Netcare 911 helicopter, in a serious but stable condition.

The patient is expected to fully recover.

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