Woman seriously injured after 30ft fall


Two jobs yesterday in Penrith and Hartlepool for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) aircrew. GNAAS was yesterday called, at 1.30pm, to Lacy’s Caves, Penrith, where a woman had fallen approximately 30 feet down a rocky embankment next to the River Eden.

Two jobs yesterday in Penrith and Hartlepool for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) aircrew.

GNAAS was yesterday called, at 1.30pm, to Lacy’s Caves, Penrith, where a woman had fallen approximately 30 feet down a rocky embankment next to the River Eden. The GNAAS doctor-led aircrew worked alongside Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and North West Ambulance Service in locating the patient. The woman, believed to be in her 50s and from Carlisle, was assessed and treated for serious head, neck and arm injuries. The mountain rescue team used a stretcher and rope to lift the lady back up the 30ft embankment before carrying her to the waiting helicopter air ambulance. She was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle, for further treatment. The flight to hospital took just 20 minutes, the same journey by road would have taken around one hour and 40 minutes. She arrived at hospital in a stable condition.

(Photo by Vinny Romano from North West Ambulance Service)

(Photo by Vinny Romano from North West Ambulance Service)

Later yesterday, at around 5.30pm, GNAAS was called to the Hartlepool Marina, where a man was found unconscious in a boat that was on fire while docked on land. The local fire crews removed the man from the burning boat before the GNAAS doctor-led aircrew treated the patient for multiple burns. Our aircrew worked alongside Hazardous Area Response Team and North East Ambulance Service rapid response paramedics. The 55-year-old regained consciousness and was found to be confused. He was put into an induced coma by the GNAAS doctor before being flown to the RVI. The flight to hospital took just 15 minutes, the same journey by road would have taken around 50 minutes. He arrived at hospital in a stable condition.

(Photo by Tom Collins)

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