Safety warning issued after Norwich woman falls from sea wall

A woman was taken to hospital after falling from the sea wall in Walcott. Picture: Maurice Gray

A woman was taken to hospital after falling from the sea wall in Walcott. Picture: Maurice Gray - Credit: Archant

A safety warning has been issued by the Coastguard after a Norwich woman fell from a sea wall over the weekend.

At around 9pm on Saturday night, a 30-year-old woman fell backwards from the sea wall at Walcott, dropping between five and six feet to the beach.

She was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with back injuries after emergency services attended the scene.

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Keith Griffin, Station Officer Happisburgh and Mundesley Coastguard, asked visitors to Walcott to take care when walking the prom.

'When visiting Walcott Bacton Ostend, and walking along the bottom prom/apron, please be careful as the prom can be really slippery so please take care,' he said.


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The woman had been with her partner at the time, who called emergency services after she fell.

Local flood wardens have described it as a 'very serious issue' and it could have been so much worse if the tide had been in at the time.

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There are no railings or warning signs on the sea wall.

Mr Griffin added: 'At 8.59pm on Saturday my team Happisburgh & Mundesley Coastguard were paged to a 30-year-old female that had fallen backwards five to six feet off Walcott sea wall and landed on her back on the sand.

'On arrival the team was deployed to assess the lady and within minutes of us arriving a paramedic arrived.

'After assessing the lady it was suggested by the paramedic that we put the lady on our Alpine lite stretcher - which is a cliff stretcher - and the lady could be strapped in it.

'After consultation with the team on the beach, it was suggested that we ask for the fire service for extra people and also for ladders to get the lady off the beach.

'Mundesley fire service arrived and we discussed the best course of action to get the female off the beach to the ambulance. The coastguard, ambulance and fire service all worked together to come up with a plan.

'The lady was safely rescued and was talking to the ambulance crew and was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for treatment.'

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