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Thwarted air ambulance crew help land services in rescue

Filed under: Air Ambulance Use Stories — Posted by: Mark on December 29, 2011

The dedicated crew of the Devon Air Ambulance service in the UK, forced to abandon a rescue attempt in mid-December 2011, remained in the area to help direct land crews to the scene.

The air ambulance had been scrambled to attend to the aid of a woman who had fallen 20ft down a cliff. However, though making for a stunning shoreline location, a combination of the weather and precarious cliff face meant the air ambulance could not land.

The pilot of the helicopter attempted to land on the narrow cliff edge several times, and whilst contact was made with the ground partially, it was deemed unsafe to put down fully.

Though the crew of the helicopter were unable to attend to the scene because of the risk to themselves and the victim, they remained in the area to work with the land ambulance teams and coastguard.

Through a combination of the coast guard making their way up from the sea, and the land crews clambering down, the woman was eventually rescued.

Having fallen on to the rocks, the woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her lower back. However, medical staff remarked that the woman was lucky to escape more serious injury.

The incident showed that despite not being able to attend to the incident directly, the air ambulances can still play a vital role in rescue situations.

Moreover, it also demonstrated how well the emergency forces of the UK can come together.

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