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Sunday 25 February 2018

Remarkable footage shows girl (13) with suspected back injury rescued by emergency services after water accident

Remarkable footage shows girl (13) with suspected back injury rescued by the RNLI Photo: RNLI screengrab
Remarkable footage shows girl (13) with suspected back injury rescued by the RNLI Photo: RNLI screengrab

Claire Fox

Remarkable footage shows how a 13-year-old girl with a suspected back injury was airlifted from the Irish Sea off the Wexford coast last Friday.

The child and her father were enjoying an afternoon with a jet ski pulling a rubber donut when the she suffered from a back injury.

The video shows how Courtown RNLI's two members Fergus Slevin and Father Tom Dalton assisted a girl named Alex from the water.

The incident happened offshore in the vicinity of Ardamine, south of Courtown, shortly after 4pm on August 14.

The crew members can be heard asking in the video: "Where do you feel the pain Alex?", with the distressed teenager answering: "I feel it in my back and leg".

The video captures how the RNLI hoist the teen onto a lifeboat and put a neck brace on her while chatting constantly to her to keep her calm.

The crew can be seen putting the child carefully onto a stretcher once they reach the shore.

The Coastguard R117 helicopter based in Waterford went to the scene and airlifted the injured girl and her father to Waterford Regional Hospital.

Speaking following the call out, Sam Kennedy, Courtown RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: "I would like to highly commend the lifeboat crew for their decision making on Friday.

"On hearing the casualty had suspected back injuries, they ensured the girl was keep flat on the water for 40 minutes, all the time while they were treading water themselves. We want to wish the casualty a speedy recovery after what was a frightening experience for all involved."

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