The woman was treated by lifeguards at Woolacombe beach in North Devon after she was attacked by an adder in the sand dunes behind the beach. A Royal National Lifeboat Institution 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.” An adder’s poisonous bite can lead to swelling, bruising, nausea, shortness of breath or dizziness.
Woolacombe beach is part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It also has been dubbed one of the best beaches in the UK and Europe.
The famous beach has clear white sand, which is no doubt why families and surfers flocked there while the glorious weather reached up to 25C in some areas on Easter Sunday.
But lifeguards were called for several other injuries at various beaches in Devon at the weekend.
A three-year-old was left with a potential head injury after falling from rocks at Barricane beach in Woolacombe on Friday.
He received treatment from the RNLI lifeguards until the land ambulance arrived.
They also treated a man who dislocated his shoulder while basking in the sun.
At least 18 people needed rescuing or helping after getting stuck in the seat.
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.
“It was 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.”