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Nail punctures girl’s foot during walk on beach

 A TEN-year-old girl was treated by paramedics after her foot became impaled on a piece of driftwood on Burnham beach yesterday.

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard received a call at 2.20pm after the nail pierced her shoe.

A passer-by called 999 and asked for an ambulance while the girl was comforted by her mother.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: “When we arrived on scene the distressed young lady was a bit calmer but still in pain.

“As we were assessing the injury the ambulance teams arrived and we happily stepped aside so they could work their magic. In no time at all the nail was removed and she was transferred to the ambulance after a quick inspection by the on-scene paramedic.

“We get a lot of debris wash up after each tide and this shows that it only takes one unlucky step to find yourself in difficulty. The wound wasn’t too bad and she will be back enjoying the beach in no time.
“Take care when walking over any items on the beach or in the sand dunes, they might hide hidden dangers such as a rusty nail like this one.
“Thankyou to those who called in and it was good to see the beach was busy with lots of social distancing going on.
“Keep looking out for each other and if anyone is in need of help at the beach or anywhere along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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