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92-year-old rescued from St Ives home as waves crash through window

By CMChloe  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

  • Waves forced this window from its frame leaving a 92-year-old St Ives woman in hospital.

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A 92-year-old woman was taken to hospital at the weekend after she was injured when waves came crashing through the window of her St Ives home.

Mary Ashton was in the living room of her property at Seaview Place when the force of waves as high as 40ft pushed the window out of its frame.

Seawater, rocks and other debris filled the living room of the property which overlooks Bamaluz Beach, causing Mrs Ashton to be knocked to the ground, where she was rescued from the incoming water by neighbours.

Phyllis Rashleigh, who lives next door, heard the commotion and took Mrs Ashton into her home while they waited for emergency services.

She said: “I was sitting next door when I heard this great bang. The whole window flew in. We are used to having waves hit the wall and we were well warned. This was exceptional.”

Mrs Rashleigh took her elderly neighbour into her home while her granddaughter-who is a student paramedic- assessed her injuries.

The fire brigade attended the property on Saturday evening, pumping around one foot of water back out, which had covered the whole ground level.

The electricity supply was switched off and firefighters secured the double-glazed window back into place.

Mrs Ashton sustained a head injury and was taken to West Cornwall Hospital where she has remained since the incident on Saturday evening.

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