Monday, 28 September 2015

Air ambulance cyclists stop to help motorist

Photo: Southeastern Railways team pictured at the start at the Marden helicopter base

A team of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance paramedics taking part in the lifesaving charity’s bike ride yesterday (Sunday) stopped to help a woman involved in a car crash.

Stu Plumbley, Richard Crabb, Lewis Price and Charles Leahy were 13 miles into the Double 100 Cycle Challenge – a 100-mile or 100km ride - when they came across the accident at Dormansland.

The woman, in her 30s, suffered minor chest, abdominal and leg injuries and was assessed at the scene by the air ambulance team who were first on scene.

Richard said: “She was really pleased to see us and couldn’t believe it when we introduced ourselves and told her where we worked. After the ambulance crew arrived we got back on our bikes and carried on.”

The patient was treated by paramedics at the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) but did not require hospital treatment.

The air ambulance team were joined on the ride by a former patient whose life Stu helped save following a cycling accident four years ago.

Andy Curran, 44, suffered multiple injuries after he crashed during a training ride and had to be given emergency treatment at the road-side by Stu and his colleagues.

The father-of-one, from Shepperton, spent three months in hospital and missed his wedding but has since made a good recovery.

More than 200 cyclists including teams from SECAmb, Southeastern Railways and sponsors Fidelity Worldwide Investment took part in the ride which raised almost £20,000 for the charity that relies almost entirely on donations.


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