Crowds waiting for a fireworks display on Porthcawl Beach had to be cleared by safety marshalls. To allow the local air ambulance to evacuate a patient to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
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A woman who suffered a suspected broken leg faced a lengthy wait for an ambulance before eventually being taken to hospital by coastguards in a helicopter, eyewitnesses claim.
The woman was on Coney Beach in Porthcawl for a firework display on Tuesday night when she was seen “turning on her ankle”.
People gathered on the beach – as well as posts on social media – said the incident happened at around 7pm and claimed it was a further two hours before she was treated.
But coastguards and ambulance officials insisted they did not received a 999 call until after 8pm – with the latter saying the injured woman was seen within seven minutes.
The fireworks display which was set to take place had to be delayed for the helicopter to land.
Geoffrey Dower, manager and director at the Hi-Tide Inn which organises the free Porthcawl fireworks display, said: “A lady went over on her ankle going down the steps to the beach.
“It was 7pm that she did it and at 9pm they still couldn’t get anyone out.