Video shows moments woman was rescued by RNLI lifeguards and administered CPR before being airlifted to hospital from Croyde beach.

A dramatic video shows the moment an unresponsive woman was rescued from Croyde beach by RNLI lifeguards, paramedics and the RAF Chivenor Sea King.

Lifeguards patrolling the beach at around 4pm on Tuesday discovered the woman with a suspected broken hip at the water's edge.

They had to administer CPR while the Sea King flew to the rescue, airlifting her to hospital.

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Phil Hill along with lifeguards Hayden Lawson and Damon Beveridge carried the woman further up the beach for treatment.

The team assessed her condition and administered pain relief before commencing CPR when the woman became unconscious.

Lifeguards were quickly joined by paramedics and Croyde Coastguard rescue team who helped transport the woman to the helicopter which landed on the beach nearby.

The casualty regained consciousness and was talking to emergency services before she was airlifted to hospital for further care.

Dozens of onlookers crowded around to watch at the helicopter took flight.

Phil Hill, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: "Incidents like this highlight the importance of the first aid training RNLI lifeguards receive as we were able to react quickly as the emergency unfolded.

"We promptly established the woman's condition and were able to start the CPR without delay.

"RNLI lifeguards co-ordinated the safe landing of the rescue helicopter at Croyde beach along with the help of the coastguard team.

"It was great that all the emergency services pulled together to act quickly to get the casualty safely airlifted to hospital."

The Gazette is running a series of articles thanking North Devon's helicopter heroes.

If you are - or know - the woman rescued and would like to thank the Sea King crew, contact reporter Sarah Howells on or 01271 341658.