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Woman dies after her wheelchair plunged from harbour wall


Summary of story from the Independent, October 8, 2011

A disabled British woman has died after falling from an historic harbour wall whilst strapped into her electric wheelchair.

The woman, aged 20 and from Solihull in the West Midlands, was on the Cobb in Lyme Regis, Dorset, at lunchtime yesterday with her family. The family, who were on holiday in the area, were waiting to take a boat cruise.

The woman fell from the harbour wall in her wheelchair, plunging into the three-metre deep water.

She was freed from the chair by her family, the boat’s skipper and Royal Lifeboat personnel, who managed to dive in, but was unconscious when taken to the surface.

She was flown by air ambulance to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester but later died, Dorset Police said.

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