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Horse rider injured in fall in New Forest

Emergency services at the scene (picture: Forestry England)
Emergency services at the scene (picture: Forestry England)

AN injured horse rider was rescued at a New Forest beauty spot during the Easter weekend.

The alarm was raised shortly before 11.30am, with reports an ride had come off their mount at the site off the A326 Hythe bypass.

A Forestry England ranger was able to help paramedics reach the casualty following the incident at Fawley Inclosure, near Dibden Purlieu, on Saturday morning.

An ambulance responded, along with a South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) hazardous area response team.

Having been assessed and treated at the scene, the casualty was taken to University Hospital Southampton with what were described by SCAS as “non-life threatening injuries”.

A Forestry England spokesperson told the A&T afterwards: “Luckily on this occasion the gateway was clear and our ranger was able to open the gate and guide the ambulances to the injured rider.

“However, this is a really good opportunity to highlight just how important it really is to keep our gateways clear.

“Forestry England continues to urge drivers not to obstruct gateways, as their staff and emergency vehicles need access to the Forest at all times.”

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