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Teenager seriously injured in seagull attack

A sea gull on the beach, this is not the attacker. Photo: PA

A teenager has suffered serious injuries after falling 15 feet into the harbour at St. Ives in Cornwall, after being attacked by a seagull.

The 18-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after falling off the pier when she panicked as a gull tried to steal her ice cream.

It's being reported that the incident took place at the Smeatons Pier.

The Cornish fishing village of St Ives. Credit: PA

The young woman was immediately attended to by the St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew on the sand. Teams treated her at the harbour, before she was then airlifted to Treliske Hospital by the air ambulance.

It was a case of right time, right place today as the crew were walking back to the station from an earlier exercise and were on scene seconds after the incident happened.

The crew and lifeguards worked well together to assist the woman, who was obviously shaken by what had happened. We wish her a speedy recovery.

– Rob Cocking, RNLI coxswain of St Ives lifeboat

The victim's mum, has told local radio station Pirate FM that her daughter, Joanna, had phoned to say she fell off the wall because of the seagull.

She was sat on the pier eating an ice cream and a seagull came and took it off her - and she just fell onto the pebbles at the bottom.

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time because as soon as she fell a coastguard came running over and said - 'Don't move, just don't move.' They were absolutely amazing with her.

– victim's mum speaking to pirate fm