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BBC Presenter Holly Walsh’s Helicopter Crashes At Worthing Birdman Contest In Photos

by | 16th, August 2010

CBBC presenter Holly Walsh is putting in the hard yards for her craft by jumping from the pier during the annual Worthing International Birdman festival in East Sussex. The aim of the contest is to take a running jump from the end of the pier and “fly” to West Sussex or somewhere even more exotic.

Holly Walsh is dressed, somewhat unimaginatively, as a helicopter. Along one side are the inked the words “Always With A Smile”.

She runs. She jumps. She hits the water hard enough to dislocate her shoulder and fracture her arm. She is rescued by a lifeboat crew – not people dressed as a cardboard lifeboat but an actual boat – and taken to hospital.

If the destination is Worthing Hospital, the flight will have taken Walsh just over a mile inland.

Ms Walsh was raising money for Rainbows Children’s Hospice.

Her condition is not life threatening. We wish her well…

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The Rainbows Children Hospice competitors including BBC Presenter Holly Walsh leap off the pier at the Worthing International Birdman competition in Worthing, West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo: Picture date: Sunday August 15, 2010. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.



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