Telegraph, uknews.com, August 23. A well-known huntswoman was killed due to a serious fall from her horse some months ago. The results of the inquest and official accident investigations have been released. Fiona Vigar was astride her horse and was leading another when one of the horses slipped on a manhole cover and fell. The split-second upshot resulted in Vigar being unseated from her horse, falling to the ground. Medics soon airlifted the unconscious woman to the hospital, where she had emergency brain surgery.
Vigar’s injuries proved too extreme. Despite life-saving surgery, she died within 17 days of the accident in Loaders.
Fiona Vigar, 43, was a prominent rider within the Cattistock Hunt, Dorset. She was a skilled rider with 35 years of horse riding experience. Not prone to reckless behavior, Vigar nevertheless elected to ride that day in a “flimsy” riding helmet that offered no safety protection.
In a previous accident In 2011, Vigar suffered a life-threatening injury in yet another riding accident. She made a full recovery but had retained impaired vision in her one eye.
The huntscap she wore on the fatal ride had a label inside. It read:
This cap is not intended to protect against personal injury and does not comply with the relevant standards.
The coroner recorded Vigar’s death as accidental.
Chris Vigar, husband, said afterwards of the fateful accident:
It shows the importance of wearing adequate safety equipment when undertaking these sports. She died doing something she loved.
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