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Woman badly hurt in quay fall

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

Woman badly hurt in quay fall
Emergency services at the scene of the incident

A woman is in a critical condition after falling 40-foot from the harbour wall onto Towan Beach last week.

The casualty, in her forties, suffered a serious head injury when she plunged from the South Quay harbour wall at about 7pm and landed on rocks as the tide was out at the time. Witnesses at the scene stated the woman is believed to have dropped her bag and leaned over to retrieve it when she stumbled and fell.

The Cornwall Air Ambulance critical care car was dispatched to the scene, along with paramedics who treated the woman alongside members of Newquay Coastguard.

Coastguard members also cleared the beach and created a helicopter landing site for the Maritime Coastguard Agency helicopter Rescue 924. The casualty was airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at Derriford Hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

Hundreds of onlookers watched the events unfold as the beach and harbour area was packed with holidaymakers at the time of the incident. The police were also in attendance to speak to witnesses to discover how the woman fell from the harbour wall.

Newquay Coastguard manager, Dave Bulley, said: “The Coastguard was called to assist the ambulance service to treat a woman who had fallen from the quay on to rocks below. We secured Towan Beach for the Coastguard helicopter. When all the medical work was done by the critical care paramedics the woman was transferred by the Coastguard helicopter.

“I would like to thank people for their understanding for clearing the beach so the helicopter could land.”

A spokesman for Cornwall Air Ambulance added: “The crew were called to assist with a casualty who had fallen 40-foot at Towan Beach, resulting in serious injuries.

“The Cornwall Air Ambulance critical care car was dispatched, along with the Coastguard helicopter, South Western Ambulance Service and Devon and Cornwall Police.

“Fantastic teamwork among the emergency services, with a doctor and paramedic from Cornwall Air Ambulance going in the Coastguard helicopter, and the woman who fell was safely transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.”

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service added: “We treated one female casualty with a head injury. We attended with one ambulance and three rapid response vehicles.

“The Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter was also at the scene. The casualty was flown to Derriford for treatment.”

A spokesman for the police said: “Police were called following a concern of welfare of a woman at Towan Beach.

“The Coastguard also attended after reports of a woman having fallen 40-foot. The woman was taken to Derriford Hospital where she remains critical but stable.”

By Warren Wilkins 9th August 2017

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