Rescuers won a race against time to rescue a hurt horse rider at Hayling as an incoming tide threatened to immerse him.
An 58:yr-old man was not able to move after having suffered a concussion as well as back injury when he fell from his horse shortly before 9pm the other day.
As the tide emerged in, the Coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-the-Solent raced to the East Winner Bank off Hayling.
But he had been safely and securely taken to shore by ambulance teams before the helicopter arrived.
The actual victim, who was simply out riding on the bank, had been saved before the actual tide reached him and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.
A UK Coastguard speaker explained: ‘We obtained a phone call from the South Central Ambulance Service at 8.40pm the other day, confirming that a male had fallen from a horse around the East Winner at Langstone Harbour.
‘We asked for the help of the Hayling coast rescue team to and also requested the assistance of an air ambulance for a helicopter to rescue him.
‘They were sent to the scene. The emergency services had been already there.
‘The casualty was transported to the shore by amulance and coastguard rescue officials and placed in to a helicopter, that took him to Southampton General Hospital.
‘He had discomfort in his lower back. There was no neck pain, however he suffered a concussion.’
The man’s horse was brought about safety by another rider following the incident.
It’s not necessarily identified whether the man was from the local area or maybe a visitor.