February 16, 2010
We’ve just been sent this by the Sussex Air Ambulance and reckon it’s worth passing on as a reminder that we all, hopefully, won’t need the Air Ambulance service, but that it shouldn’t stop us from putting money in the moneybox for them.
A mountain bike rider was airlifted to hospital by the Sussex Air Ambulance after crashing during a race at the weekend. Bruce English was competing in a Cyclocross event in the grounds of Walstead School near Lindfield when the accident happened on Sunday.
The Lewes Wanderers cyclist, in his 40s, came off his bike in woods half a mile from the nearest road. The Sussex Air Ambulance was called due to the remote location and landed in a nearby field. Mr English suffered facial and arm injuries and was flown to the East Surrey Hospital at Redhill.
It took the Dunsfold-based Sussex Air Ambulance crew 15 minutes to get to Mr English and a further 15 minutes to reach the hospital. Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service were also called to the scene of the accident at about 2pm.
Pictures of the dramatic air rescue were taken by fellow cyclist Mike Anton with Mr English’s permission.
He praised the Air Ambulance crew after being told it costs about £4,657 a day to run the life-saving service.
He said: “That’s a lot of money so hats off to all concerned for keeping the operation going.
“It was a nasty crash but fortunately it looks like Bruce isn’t too bashed up.”
Photos: Mike Anton
Sussex Air Ambulance Crew: Captain Steve Wood – Pilot, Nigel Raghunath – HEMS Doctor, Gordon Clark and Jon Sanders – HEMS Paramedics.