Failed mobility hoist breaks as woman plunges into swimming pool


A disabled woman fell into a swimming pool after the poolside mobility hoist she was being transferred with broke.

Angela Bygrave was being lifted when the equipment broke and she fell into the shallow end of the pool at Folkestone Sports Centre in Kent.

According to the woman in a Kent Live report, the chair she was in then hit her on the back of the head.

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Tessa Stickler, the general manager at the centre, told Kent Live: “As the arm of the hoist fell, the lifeguard who was operating the hoist held on to the structure to prevent it from falling into the water on top of the client.”

Bygrave, who suffers with joint hyper mobility syndrome, was assisted and safely exited the pool.

“Our pool manager took the lady to our waiting area at reception and called paramedics as a precaution. The paramedics took her direct to hospital from the centre as a precautionary measure,” said Stickler.

It is unclear who supplied the hoist and the extent to which it was tested and maintained.

Hoist supplier OpeMed recommends that a hoist should be weight tested at least once a year and it should be visually tested once every six months.

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