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Pier plunge comedian Holly Walsh thanks Birdman medics

Comedian Holly Walsh has thanked medical staff who treated her after she was injured leaping from a pier in West Sussex.

Ms Walsh was rescued from the water at the Worthing Birdman festival by a safety boat and placed on a spinal board before being taken to hospital.

She later said on Twitter she had a dislocated shoulder and broken arm.

The former CBBC presenter said she could not have been looked after better by competition organisers and medics.

Ms Walsh, who is from Guildford, also thanked her followers on the social networking site for their kind wishes.

"Am amazed it made the news," she said.

Worthing Hospital said she remained as an inpatient on Monday but was progressing well from a fractured elbow.

"I couldn't have been looked after better by medics and the organisers.

"Thank you so much for all your kind tweets."

The Birdman festival challenges competitors to try to "fly" the furthest off the West Sussex town's pier in an annual two-day event.

Image caption Ms Walsh was taken ashore to Worthing by Shoreham inshore lifeboat

Competitors - or so-called "fun flyers" - dress in elaborate costumes.

Some 10,000 spectators were thought to have attended Sunday's leg, which was suspended for about 20 minutes while Ms Walsh was rescued from the water.

The comedian, who had been raising money for Rainbows Children's Hospice, had leapt from the pier in a mock helicopter.

Shoreham lifeboat spokesman Dave Cassan said: "We can confirm we were tasked to get a person out of the water.

"It appears she entered the water wrong.

"The inshore lifeboat brought her to the shore at Worthing and she was transferred to hospital by ambulance."

Ms Walsh has appeared as a guest panellist on BBC shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Would I Lie To You and Mock The Week.

She was a CBBC presenter and has written for shows including the BBC's The News Quiz and The Charlotte Church Show on Channel 4.

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