North West Wales

Girl, 15, rescued after Conwy water accident

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Image caption The RNLI said the girl was under water for more than five minutes

A 15-year-old girl has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped under water while taking part in the sport flyboarding.

The RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called to help the teenager following the incident on the River Conwy.

It happened at about 12:05 BST near Conwy Marina where the All Wales Boat Show was being held.

Organisers said the girl's step-father had been hired for a display but was not part of the show at the time.

Flyboarding is a sport allowing participants to perform tricks such as somersaults above water on special jet boots.

The RNLI said the girl became trapped between "a personal watercraft, a buoy and the flyboard", and had "been underwater in excess of five minutes".

'Shocked everybody'

When the lifeboat crew arrived, the girl was being given first aid by the British Red Cross on the shore.

A doctor who was in the area managed to "bring her round", the RNLI said.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Valley flew the girl to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and organisers said she was "talking and responsive".

A boat show spokeswoman said the incident happened "when the tide was changing and the line has got caught under a boat or something".

She said the incident had "shocked everybody".

"We will conduct a thorough review to establish what went wrong but our immediate concern is the wellbeing of the girl who was talking and responsive when she was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd by the RAF search and rescue helicopter," she said.

Boat show visitor Martin Turton, who witnessed the incident, said: "The current was really strong. She got tied up in the moorings underwater. People were running round left, right and centre."

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