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Close Call for Young Girl at All Wales Boat Show

Date
01/06/2014
What Happened
Person trapped by vessel/vehicle
What Caused
Machine/equipment problems
Casualty type/Qty
N/A
Gender
Female
Causal Factors
Near miss
Injury Details
N/A
Outcome
Near miss
Alcohol/Drugs
N/A

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Description of Incident
A 15-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped under water while taking part in the sport flyboarding.

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called to help the teenager following the incident on the River Conwy.

It happened at about 12:05 BST near Conwy Marina where the All Wales Boat Show was being held.

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.

Boat show visitor Martin Turton, who witnessed the incident, said: "The current was really strong. She got tied up in the moorings underwater. People were running round left, right and centre."

The RNLI estimated she had been underwater “in excess of five minutes” after becoming trapped.
Supporting Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-27657091
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/girl-trapped-under-water-conwy-7201256

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