Were you on Titchwell Beach in Norfolk when a St Ives woman suffered serious injuries?

Cheryl Phillips with her grand children. Picture: Andy Phillips

Cheryl Phillips with her grand children. Picture: Andy Phillips - Credit: Archant

A woman is trying to trace good samaritains who helped rescue her after she fell and suffered serious injuries on a Norfolk beach.

Mrs Phillips's injured arm. Picture: Andy Phillips

Mrs Phillips's injured arm. Picture: Andy Phillips - Credit: Archant

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, on May 28.

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, before being taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

'I am still recovering from that terrible ordeal and will have to undergo another operation in the new year to help straighten my arm,' she said.

'I am trying to trace the people that helped me on the beach when I had my accident, firstly to thank them and secondly to see what they remember about the accident, especially the gentlemen who helped my granddaughter off the boat and the couple who helped with a blanket to help the paramedics pull me out of the sea.'

Mrs Phillips believes a couple with a baby and two men watching the seals - one of whom was a GP - were also present on the beach.

Paramedics were called and treated her on site, giving her pain-killing drugs and gas. But the ambulance was unable to reach her because of the terrain.

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As the tide was in, it was possible to get to the site by sea, so Wells inshore lifeboat, was called in.

To make room for the stretcher on the lifeboat, one of the crew gave up his place and stayed behind.

Mrs Phillips was then ferried to the beach near Brancaster Golf Club and taken to the waiting ambulance by the paramedics, assisted by the crew and the coastguard.

Were you on the beach? E-mail chris.bishop@archant.co.uk.

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