A mother was left with ‘unsurvivable’ injuries when a 17-year-old jet skier ploughed into the side of her inflatable boat while she was on holiday with her husband in North Wales.

Jane Walker, 52, was on a trip with her son and husband Kevin in August 2020 when the teenager crashed into the family’s inflatable boat called the Rib Tickler.

The boat was owned by Mrs Walker’s son but was being driven by a family friend when they went out on the water.

Husband Kevin watched in horror as the jet ski smashed into the side of the boat where his wife was sitting off Anglesey in North Wales. 

Mrs Walker, from Cheadle, Staffordshire, suffered multiple injuries and was given given morphine for the ‘obvious pain’ before she was lifted from the vessel onto a trolley to a waiting ambulance. 

The inquest in Caernarfon heard that Mrs Walker later died in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor – as the coroner ruled her death was ‘accidental’. 

Jane Walker, 52, was on holiday with her husband and son when the jet ski hit their inflatable boat called the Rib Tickler

Jane Walker, 52, was on holiday with her husband and son when the jet ski hit their inflatable boat called the Rib Tickler

Daily Post Wales reports that Mrs Walker, a pharmacy technician, suffered chest, lung, neck and other injuries but only a fractured right arm injury was visible at the time. The rib was driven onto a trailer on the slipway.

Paramedic Darren Lloyd told the inquest he gave the patient, who was agitated but talking, a five milligrams dose of morphine which can take 15 minutes to take effect. But she deteriorated before then and she needed to be taken off the rib urgently.

He and a colleague got her onto a scoop stretcher and she was lifted off the ‘head high’ boat. She was then transferred to a trolley and wheeled up the slipway to the ambulance.

Mr Walker asked if morphine could suppress breathing and Mr Lloyd said it could but it was the only painkiller he thought was appropriate.

At an earlier hearing, widower Mr Walker said: ‘I’m convinced that’s when she died.’

The inquest heard Mr Walker complained to the ambulance service and the ombudsman but claimed that ‘nobody would listen.’

Pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers said it was ‘highly likely’ that Mrs Walker was going to die from her injuries ‘regardless of morphine’.

The Rib Tickler which Jane Walker was aboard at the time of the fatal collision

The Rib Tickler which Jane Walker was aboard at the time of the fatal collision

The jet ski ridden by a 17-year-old girl which hit Jane Walker's son's boat

The jet ski ridden by a 17-year-old girl which hit Jane Walker’s son’s boat 

But Dr Rodgers added that he couldn’t ignore the potential effect of giving the pain-killer.

Senior coroner Katie Sutherland had adjourned a previous inquest in Caernarfon over concerns about the ‘possibility’ that treatment by the ambulance service may have played a part in the death.

She said: ‘The reasonableness of what was undertaken in terms of her care and treatment needs exploration.’

But Dr Jonathan Whelan, associate medical director of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: ‘The five millilitre dose for a relatively young adult patient was appropriate and even a little conservative.’

Mark Faulkner, a consultant paramedic and associate clinical director of London Ambulance Service said he agreed with how the paramedic treated Mrs Walker.

He added: ‘I’m not surprised these injuries were fatal. These injuries would on the balance of probabilities, have been fatal irrespective of the medical intervention.’

Kate Robertson, senior coroner for north west Wales, said she was ‘astounded’ to learn paramedics can legally give patients fewer types of painkillers than mountain rescuers or soldiers can.

She said she would write to the Home Office in a Prevention of Future Deaths report over the issue.

Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Ms Robertson said she would be contacting Isle of Anglesey County Council to check was steps had been taken and were to be taken about its management of the Menai Strait.



Post source: Daily mail

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