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Woman crushed in Pontins wall collapse ‘saved by electric scooter’

Wendy in hospital following the roof collapse at Pontins Brean Sands. Credit: ITV News West Country

The daughter of a woman whose leg was crushed in the wall collapse at Pontins Brean Sands believes her mum would have died - if she hadn’t been sat in her electric scooter.

Wendy's leg was crushed after a heating and air-con duct, which was attached to a wall, fell on guests in the holiday camp’s main entertainment room on Wednesday (February 20) night.

Her daughter, Hayley Kendle, who was with her mum at the time but was not hurt, said it took several members of staff to free her trapped mum from the rubble.

Once free from the debris, Hayley said it became apparent just how lucky her mum had been not to have lost her life.

Hayley Kendle. Credit: ITV News West Country

It was harrowing.

There were people screaming. Some of the men who were here on holiday were fantastic.

There was about 20 people who dug her out on her motor scooter and pulled her scooter back, and I can’t thank them enough.

If mum hadn’’t been on the scooter and had been on a chair, I would say the chair would have been crushed and she would have been under it and there would have been no hope for her.

– Hayley Kendle
Wendy's motor scooter took the brunt of the collapse, according to Hayley. Credit: ITV News West Country

Wendy was later taken to hospital with a crushed leg as well as a suspected broken hip.

She was one of six people who had to be taken to hospital following the incident, while another 18 were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Hayley said her mum was due to undergo surgery later today, when doctors will insert metal pins into her shattered leg.

A picture of the collapsed ceiling. Credit: @AndrewHaughton5 / Twitter

An investigation by Sedgemoor District Council and the Health and Safety Executive is now underway, though it is expected to last several months.

A spokesperson for the council said: "A heating and air-con duct which had been boxed in and attached to the wall gave way. The ceiling has not collapsed.

"The investigation is likely to be complex and run for several months."