Woman bitten by snake at UK beach as Brits enjoyed Easter heatwave

A woman was bitten by a snake at a UK beach as Brits basked in an Easter bank holiday weekend heatwave.

The woman was bitten by an adder in the sand dunes behind Woolacombe beach in North Devon on Sunday.

Lifeguards helped to treat her until paramedics arrived, Devon Live reports.

An RNLI spokesman said: “She approached the lifeguard facility where lifeguards immobilised her, kept her calm and monitored her condition before handing her into the care of paramedics.”

The incident was one of several major incidents reported at Devon beaches over the busy weekend.

On Friday, lifeguards were called to an incident on Barricane beach in Woolacombe when a three-year-old child fell from rocks and suffered a potential head injury.

RNLI lifeguards provided casualty care until the ambulance arrived.

They also dealt with a man with a dislocated shoulder and rescued or assisted 18 people who had got into difficulty in the water.

Matt Whitley, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for North Devon said: “A combination of amazing weather and good surf conditions meant that the beaches were packed.

“It was as busy as any day in the peak summer holidays and great to see people enjoying their Bank Holiday weekends.

“The RNLI lifeguards teams were on hand to provide safety advice and were quick to respond to incidents in the water.”


RNLI lifeguards are back on patrol this weekend before returning full time from Saturday 4 May.

For more information or to find out which beaches have lifeguard cover, visit www.rnli.org.uk