Sailor crushed by own boat and airlifted to hospital

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A sailor was crushed by his own boat and had to be airlifted to hospital from the seaside jetty to save his life.The boat owner was flung from the deck when it crashed into a jetty on the coastline.The man was left trapped between the boat and a pontoon - and suffered crush injuries.Emergency services rushed to the scene at Beacons Jetty in Conwy, North Wales, as a rescue helicopter landed at a nearby golf club.

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One onlooker said: "There were rescue crews everywhere all whizzing around trying to help and then the helicopter landed on the golf course."The boat had been out at sea but had docked at the harbour after an engine fire the day before, that's why it was there I was told."

Llandudno Coastguard were at the scene along with lifeboat crews from Conwy and Llandudno.A coastguard spokesman said: "Arrivng at the scene, there was a single injured crew member who had been thrown off the vessel when it collided with the beacons jetty, crushing him between the boat and pontoon."Casualty Care was immediately started whilst awaiting the arrival of an ambulance."Conwy Lifeboat and RNLI Llandudno Lifeboat were also launched to assist."Rescue 936 was requested due to the severity of the injury. We identified a potential landing site a short distance away at Conwy Golf Club and, after asessing its suitability, we were able to establish it as a landing site."The casualty was taken to Aintree hospital in Liverpool to receive further treatment."The vessel was made secure by the lifeboat crews and we were no longer required so were stood down and returned to station."