Teen horse rider airlifted to hospital after sand dune collapses on Hartlepool beach

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A TEENAGE girl was airlifted from a beach with leg injuries after the horse she was riding fell on top of her.

The 14-year-old girl had slipped from the saddle after a sand dune collapsed on Seaton Carew beach.

The animal then fell on top of her, injuring one of her legs, at around 3pm on Sunday, December 1

The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) was called in by paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service because of her difficult location.

A spokesman for the GNAA said: “Due to the difficult nature of her location on the beach, the helicopter was able to land nearby, allowing the crew to manage the injury and then fly her to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for further treatment.”