A 15-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped under water while taking part in the sport flyboarding during the All Wales Boat Show in Conwy.
The RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called to help the teenager following the incident on the River Conwy. The RNLI said the girl became trapped between “a personal watercraft, a buoy and the flyboard”, and had “been underwater in excess of five minutes”.
When the lifeboat crew arrived, the girl was being given first aid by the British Red Cross on the shore.
A doctor who was in the area managed to “bring her round”, the RNLI said.A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley flew the girl to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and organisers said she was “talking and responsive”.
A boat show spokeswoman said the incident happened “when the tide was changing and the line has got caught under a boat or something”. She said the incident had “shocked everybody”.
“We will conduct a thorough review to establish what went wrong but our immediate concern is the wellbeing of the girl who was talking and responsive when she was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by the RAF search and rescue helicopter,” she said.
This story goes to show that even professionals can be at danger when performing on water. Please take caution when taking part in any sort of watersport that all of your equipment is correct and in top working condition.
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