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Visiting Australian woman injured after falling from a horse in Jeffreys Bay

Oct 10, 2017
Visiting Australian woman injured after falling from a horse in Jeffreys Bay

A visiting elderly Australian woman was on Monday transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition after she was injured during a beach horse ride in Jeffreys Bay.

According to Rieghard Janse van Rensburg, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Jeffreys Bay station commander, at 10h20, on Monday, the NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following reports of a horse accident on the beach between Kabaljous and the Gamtoos River Mouth, Jeffreys Bay.

"Our sea rescue vehicle responded and the Water Emergency Group was alerted.

"The SA Police Services and Private Care ambulance services also responded," he said.

"The report of a female fallen from a horse during an outride on the beach, the call made by a local riding school, had been received by an NSRI crew member who knows the local riding school well and they called him to confirm that the female was injured and to raise the alarm."

Janse van Rensburg said that on arrival on the scene, the woman, aged 67, who is on holiday in Jeffreys Bay was found to be suffering suspected concussion and a suspected nose fracture.

"Our NSRI medics stabilised the patient on the beach and she was secured to a stretcher with spinal immobilisation as a precautionary measure," he added.

"We transported the lady off the beach on our sea rescue 4x4 vehicle to the car park where paramedics took over care of the patient and she has been transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition by Private Care ambulance."