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Injured kite surfer airlifted by coastguard helicopter from Hurst Spit, near Keyhaven

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AN injured kite surfer was airlifted by a coastguard helicopter from Hurst Spit, near Keyhaven.

Paramedics called for assistance around 11.30am yesterday (Wednesday) as they responded to reports of a casualty at the end of the spit.

Coastguard rescue teams from Lymington and Southbourne were sent, along with a Lymington RNLI crew.

Emergency services at the scene (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)
Emergency services at the scene (photo: Southbourne Coastguard)

Difficulties accessing the site resulted in the search-and-rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent being sent to collect the casualty.

A spokesperson from South Central Ambulance Service said an ambulance crew and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) worked with the coastguard and the RNLI to reach the injured person.

They were treated at the scene and taken to Southampton hospital in the coastguard helicopter, accompanied by a HART paramedic

An RNLI spokesperson said the lifeboat crew found the casualty on the shoreline with a serious leg injury.

"After the casualty was assessed by one of the lifeboat crew members, the lifeboat proceeded to the Keyhaven marina, where a paramedic was picked up and taken to the casualty on the shoreline," the spokesperson added.

"Given the nature of the injury and the sea conditions, the decision was made to airlift the casualty to hospital by coastguard helicopter."

Lifeboat helm Greg Pachany said those who called the coastguard "did very well" to support the casualty before the crew's arrival.

"It was good teamwork between the coastguard, paramedics and the helicopter to ensure the casualty received the right care and was transferred to hospital as quick as possible."

No details about the kite surfer’s condition were available.

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