Air ambulance swoops to rescue paraglider and climber

Posted: August 14, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Air, Hang gliding, Injuries
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THE air ambulance has carried out a series of rescues including a man hurt in a paragliding accident and a woman climber.

The 45-year-old man was injured while paragliding at Bradwell Edge in Bradwell.

He struck a dry stone wall when he landed and injured his chest and limbs.

The helicopter, which covers Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, landed 30 metres from the casualty,

The crew and a mountain rescue team immobilised the patient.

He was flown to the major trauma centre at Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further assessment.

The air ambulance crew landed at the scene at 2.25pm, assessed the patient, prepared him for flight and arrived at hospital by 2.52pm.

The journey from the scene to hospital by road would have taken more than 30 minutes.

The air ambulance was also called to help an 18-year-old man who had fallen from Burbage Rocks, Hathersage.

The scene of the accident was on difficult terrain and the helicopter landed on a rocky track 100 metres from the incident.

The crew and a mountain rescue team treated the man at the scene and then he was flown to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further assessment.

A 45-year-old woman climber was helped by the air ambulance near Hathersage.

She slipped off a rock face and suffered injuries to her legs and ankle.

The climber was assessed at the scene at Millstone Edge and treated for leg fractures.

The woman was lowered to the ground by the mountain rescue team and carried to the aircraft.

The patient was given more pain relief and flown to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.

Each air ambulance rescue mission costs an average of £1,400,

The helicopter receives no Government cash and relies on public donations to ensure it remains in the sky.

 

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