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RNLI lifeguards in Hayle help injured rugby player

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards in Hayle came to the aid of a young rugby player who was injured while training at the beach.

The player was training with a local rugby club yesterday morning (Wednesday 20 July) at Upton Towans when he received a knock to the head.

RNLI lifeguard Mesha Wardman attended the scene and began to provide casualty care for the teenager who had concussion. She was joined by fellow lifeguard Daire Peters and senior lifeguard Jacob Ninnes, who helped administer oxygen to the casualty.

A land ambulance was called to check over the player, but as it was initially suspected that he could have a spinal injury, the Cornwall Air Ambulance was later called to recover the casualty due to the location.

Mesha said: ‘The player took quite a knock to the head whilst training. We got to him quickly to check his status and gave him oxygen to steady his breathing. We worked closely with the other emergency services to make sure he was safely evacuated from the beach.’

The casualty was transported to hospital by the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

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