Ride out fall victim is helicoptered to hospital

A NEWCASTLETON girl was airlifted to hospital after falling from her horse during the Common Riding celebrations.

The 16-year-old was on her way to the Three Brethern summit as part of a 323-strong cavalcade when she fell at Foulshiels Hill at 8am last Friday.

Eight members of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team (TVMRT) were in attendance and helped the rider, who complained of neck pain.

She was placed in a vacuum mattress – used by mountain rescue teams to immobilise patients – and due to the location, a Scottish Ambulance helicopter travelled from Glasgow to transport her to Borders General Hospital. Doctors treating her found she had broken her collar bone in two places but had no spinal injuries.

Steve Penny, TVMRT leader, said: “Being based in Selkirk, TVMRT is always pleased to be in a position to support to Selkirk Common Riding.

“This incident demonstrated good partnership working between the team and the Ambulance Service and we are pleased that we could help out.

“On behalf of TVMRT, I wish the young lady a speedy recovery and hope she will take part again next year.”

Provost Les Millar added: “When 300-odd horses go round the Marches there are always going to be accidents but we hope the injured rider makes a full recovery.”