Injured woman 'grateful' for airlift rescue

Injured woman 'grateful' for airlift rescue

An injured woman who couldn’t walk and was “miles from anywhere” wants to thank HM Coastguard for rescuing her.
Members of the Llansteffan Coastguard Rescue Team wearing bright hi-vis jackets and blue helmets attend to the casuality on the ground

Cari Ormerod had gone away with her friend to Pendine, when during a walk near Marros Beach on 25th March, she fell and broke her ankle.

Quickly realising she couldn’t move, Cari called HM Coastguard.

Once alerted at around 12.50pm, Coastguard Rescue Teams from Tenby and Llansteffan and the Coastguard helicopter from St Athan were sent to the scene.

Cari, 47, said: “It was really scary, I just knew straight away my ankle was broken. I went into a hole where it twisted and then I heard it crack.

“I knew we were miles from the road, from anywhere, but there was no way I could walk.”

On arrival Cari was transferred by helicopter to the ambulance that took her to hospital.



Talking about the Coastguard arrival, Cari said: “All I felt was relief, the teams take over and you can just relax. You feel safe when you see and hear them.

“There was no way I could get down to the beach so the helicopter was called and within no time it had arrived. I was so scared but I had no choice.

“I’m so grateful we were directed to the Coastguard, we didn’t know who to go to. Words cannot express how grateful I am.”

Coastguard helicopter hovers over team and casualty awaiting air lift

This call out was a first for Llansteffan Coastguard Rescue Officer Dai Davies.

He said: “As this was my first call out I was a bit nervous and not knowing what to expect but the teamwork and training soon kicked in. It was good to put my recent training into practice. 

“It was also very satisfying to have a nice and positive outcome and really good to be appreciated by the casualty.”

Cari added: “I just want to thank the teams and give a shout out, the work they do is amazing. I know my call out interrupted the start of the rugby!”

Cari Ormerod and friend smiling inside the ambulance after airlift in St Athans coastguard helicopter



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