Evening Express

Woman taken to hospital after falling off horse on north-east beach

A woman was taken to hospital by helicopter after falling from her horse on a north-east beach.

Crews from the Scottish Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and Aberdeen Lifeboat were called at 8pm yesterday just south of the Ythan Estuary.

Lifeboats from Aberdeen and Cruden Bay were sent to the scene to assist the woman who had fallen.

A HM Coastguard helicopter was called from Inverness to help take the woman to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman for the Aberdeen Lifeboat said the incident was “challenging”.

A Special Operations Rescue Team (SORT) from the ambulance service was used during the incident to allow the woman to be transport to the helicopter landing site at the nearby Newburgh Golf Club.

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Aberdeen Lifeboat coxswain Davie Orr said: “This was a challenging rescue calling for co-operation between a number of search and rescue assets.

“It involved Aberdeen’s two lifeboats, Aberdeen and Cruden Bay coastguard rescue teams, Scottish Ambulance SORT Team and coastguard rescue helicopter 951 and was all co-ordinated by Aberdeen Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Aberdeen.”