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Woman’s neck sliced open with sword during Viking re-enactment

The accident happened near the Woolpack in Yalding, Kent, during a Viking re-enactment rehearsal (Picture: Google)

A woman suffered life threatening injuries when she was taking part in a rehearsal for a Viking re-enactment.

The woman was hit on the neck with a sword by a man who was practising his moves in a field near the Woolpack in Yalding, Kent.

A witness said: ‘They’ve got proper swords. They were practising and he caught her neck. It really was an accident, a terrible one so I’m glad she is okay now.’

The woman, who was dressed in Viking clothing, was taken to King’s College Hospital, London, after receiving treatment at the scene shortly after 5pm on July 12.

An ambulance service spokesman said: ‘We were called to reports of a woman with serious injuries in a field near Benover Road, Yalding.

‘Ambulance crews including critical care paramedics attended and were joined by the air ambulance service.

‘The medical team worked together to provide emergency treatment at the scene before the patient was taken to Kings College Hospital by road in a life-threatening condition.

‘The air ambulance team joined our crews to help treat the patient en route to hospital.’

Residents living nearby have been reacting to the news.

One said: ‘I was quite surprised because it’s a lovely quiet village, not much happens here and that’s the way I like it. I do hope the people are okay though.’

Another said: ‘I saw the air ambulance people gave her a blood transfusion there and then. It was quite shocking to see it all happen but I’m really glad she’s okay.’

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