A man in his 70s was airlifted to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder after falling while he was chasing his granddaughter on Cromer beach this afternoon.

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Coastguards from Cromer and Sheringham were joined at the scene by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which landed on the sand of the east beach 200m east of the Doctors’ Steps.

The New Year’s Day call came at 2.30pm, and was about 30 minutes before runners were set to begin the annual New Year’s Day fun run on the prom. The 76-year-old was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

4 comments

  • Sorry to hear of the gentleman's injury, but did it really require the air ambulance? I though this was for life and death situations, I'll think twice when I pass one of those yellow collection boxes!

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • I agree with Keith, i feel really sorry for the gentleman hurting himself, but the air ambulance seems to be called to more and more mundane incidents now. I would have though a stretcher back to a normal ambulance nearby would have been far less stressful to an elderly patient and more cost effective.

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Agree with Keith and Dave above, although air ambulance was perhaps alterted as precautionary measure prior to full diagnosis due to mature age of individual. I know family were (obviously) distraught - I was on the beach during the event and have attached a video of the air-lift...

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    Andy Summersbey

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • I also agree with others, but what I think should be of greater concern is the amount of time this gentlemen had to spend on the beach before being removed. I witnessed the arrival of the paramedic at about 1:55pm the Coastgauard arrived about 2:40pm and the air ambulance another 10 minutes after that. For a 70+ year old to be left on an exposed beach for over an hour is totaly inacceptable in my book.

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    juliandyer1967

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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