A 15 year old teenage girl had a ‘lucky’ escape today after she became trapped underwater during a flyboarding demonstration on Conwy River.
The incident occurred on the final day of the All Wales Boat Show, where the demonstrations were part of a celebration of all water sports.
A Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) spokesman said the 15-year-old girl had become trapped underwater between a personal watercraft, a buoy and the flyboard. She had been underwater in excess of five minutes.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat from Conwy was launched at 12.05pm. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew found that the casualty had been taken ashore and was being given first aid by the British Red Cross.
The lifeboat crew assisted the first aid team. A doctor who was in the vicinity gave the casualty CPR and was able to bring her round after approximately 45 minutes.
Due to the nature of the incident, 22 Squadron Air Sea Rescue mobilised a Sea King helicopter and conveyed the casualty to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor.
A Conwy Quays Marina spokesman said the girl was ‘recovering well’.
He said: ‘She’s now sat up in bed and talking, and doesn’t seem to be any worse for wear.
‘There had been some concern about potential damage to her lungs but that’s no longer thought to be a problem.
‘She’s been very lucky.’
Aside from today’s rescue drama, the three-day All Wales Boat Show exceeded organisers’ expectations – attracting greater crowds than last year’s inaugural relaunched event.
Many Twitter users reported having a ‘fab time’ and ‘awesome displays’ using the hashtag allwalesboatshow.
The marina spokesman added: ‘We’ve exceeded expectations set by last year.’
North of England distributor Sunseeker Cheshire will be representing the brand at the Conwy Marina event – All Wales Boat Show 2014 from 30th May till 1st June.
Sunseeker has confirmed its line-up of motoryachts heading to Conwy Marina for the All Wales Boat Show later this month (30 May-1 June).
North of England distributor Sunseeker Cheshire will be bringing a recently sold Sunseeker Manhattan 63, which is kindly being loaned back by its new owner.
Other models include a used Fairline 40 Targa, one of the 400 pre-owned boats and yachts available through the Sunseeker Brokerage network.
Four-wheeled aficionados also have a reason to visit the All Wales Boat Show, as Bentley, Rolls Royce and McLaren Manchester will be bringing a selection of cars.
Jonathan Kingsley, sales broker at Sunseeker Cheshire, said: “Last year’s show was a great success for us.
“It is our chance to showcase Sunseeker to the area and to demonstrate that our boats are as desirable in the UK as they are abroad.”
Now in its seventh year, the All Wales Boat Show features more than 100 exhibitors and attracts around 3,500 visitors per day.