A 14-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital from Blackie Spit Friday morning after being struck in the left leg by the spike of a skimboarding bungee device.
The anchor stake apparently became dislodged from the sand once the bungee cord – which is used to propel skimboarders across the water – was pulled tight.
The injured girl – a White Rock Christian Academy student who was at the beach as part of a school field trip – was watching skimboarders.
“It sounds like it was just an unfortunate accident,” said RCMP spokesperson Curtis Harling.
“She was taken by helicopter, so it’s a serious injury, but she was conscious and breathing.”
According to a Twitter post from a classmate, the injured girl required 33 stitches to close the wound.