Grandmother still off work after fall at end of boat trip in north Norfolk

Cheryl Phillips with her grandchildren, baby, Emilia-Grace, boy in front, Preston, girl behind, Sash

Cheryl Phillips with her grandchildren, baby, Emilia-Grace, boy in front, Preston, girl behind, Sasha: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

A grandmother who was rescued after suffering a fall at Titchwell marsh, on the north Norfolk coast, is still off work and unable to walk nearly two weeks later.

Cheryl Phillips, 54, lost her footing when she got off a boat after being taken with her granddaughter Sasha, five, to see the seals off Brancaster.

She suffered a broken shoulder and dislocated knee and, after being rescued by a lifeboat crew, spent several hours in surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, and then at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Mrs Phillips, who is from St Ives in Cambridgeshire, was staying with her mother in Docking when the family visited the marsh, off Brancaster beach, on May 28. They were offered a free trip by a boat owner, to see the seals, and accepted.

She said: 'When we got back I fell awkwardly from the boat. I don't know if I fell on rocks or lost consciousness.

'I still can hardly walk. I don't know when I will be able to go back to work, and I need physiotherapy at my local surgery.'

An inshore lifeboat was converted into a makeshift ambulance to rescue Mrs Phillips, and ferry her to the beach, near the golf club, where a waiting ambulance took her to hospital.

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