Swinley Air Ambulance Sunday AM . Walking wounded?
I was doing a little pootle before collecting another drunken ebay purchace from Farnborough .
Air Ambulance landed at the top of Baby Maker etc
Was a gaggle of riders around and a rider standing around in a silver survival blanket .
Didnt hang around as it was far too cold , but I hope he was OK .
Not sure what he did but must have made it back up to the plateau to get to the air ambulance.
Alot of trails closed for work , and mud / puddles in the usual places . By being selective it was possible to get a good fast ride without too much clag. I thought it would have been more frozen than it was, even at 10.00amPosted 5 years ago
There’s demand too, if the service in that area is anywhere as bad as we’re having at the moment then it’ll be crazy. So they may also use them to help out, then of course there’s the details from the caller can often have little resemblance to what is going on. Then there’s the risk factor, if the injury isn’t so bad they can’t walk do we carry them over bad terrain risking ourselves and the patient or ask them to walk?Posted 5 years ago
Agreed, good valid points .
trying to stetcher someone down a narrow length of singletrack might result in injuring them even more, and potentialy one of the stretcher bearers.
I guess he was standing around in a survival blanket to keep warm, rather than lying on the frozen earth.
Makes a change from the usual jump gulley area of chaos.
I follwed a guy down one section and he was helmetless, just relying on his ‘dreads to keep his skull in one peice. Pretty quick too , i couldnt catch him.Posted 5 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I follwed a guy down one section and he was helmetless, just relying on his ‘dreads to keep his skull in one peice. Pretty quick too , i couldnt catch him.
He was probably a decent rider.
Its the middle aged men who do wear helmets (and knee pads, and elbow pads etc. etc.) that tend to have the problems. ATGNI.Posted 5 years ago
Around 3 or 3 1/2 years ago I broke some ribs. A couple of weeks later I was sitting on a plinth at uni with my back to the door. One of my mates came in and gave me a proper hard poke in the ribs and it floored me for a good 20 minutes.
I returned the favour with a really good full force double poke in his ribs just a couple of weeks ago.
Moral of the story – dont poke him in the ribs because he will not forget and it’ll hurt you more than it hurts him.Posted 5 years agodazanatorMember
I was on the ride with the guy who was air lifted this morning. It was the second more competitive run down Deerstalker that did it, or more specifically the evil tree that jumped out in front of him.
The Ranger was extremely helpful in bringing the paramedics to our buddy and they then directed the Air Ambulance to the clearing at the top of The trails.
Not quite what we were expecting on a beautiful crisp Sunday morning. I for one will be making a donation to the Air Ambulance after this incident I was the third rider behind him and it could just of easily have been me.
Take care out there we’re all just one slip away from a ride in a helicopter.
DazPosted 5 years agoormondroydMember
Those air ambulance folks are awesome pilots. Saw the Thames Valley Ambulance land between two of the full rows of parked cars in one of the office car parks out at Green Park in Reading.
The paramedic muttered “bastard” as he walked away from the helicopter, looking at the van roofs not too far from the rotors.Posted 5 years ago
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