WATCH: Man who fell 100ft lives to tell the tale

Christian Unsworth, from Wigan, was hiking on the Old Man of Coniston on Christmas Eve last year when he lost his footing and fell to the bottom of Grey Crag. The 25-year-old said: “I was having a walk and I thought ‘oh I’ll do a shortcut’ and shortcuts are not always the best to do, … Continued

Incident Round-up: 26 October

Our critical care team at Teesside International Airport were activated at 12.08am to Prudhoe. Our doctor and paramedic team assessed and treated a patient before they were taken to hospital by a North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) road crew, accompanied by our team. Incident timeline: 12:08 Mobile to incident 12:23 On Scene 12:51 Transporting patient … Continued

Why two cyclists covered 150 miles on a 75 mile route

“Who’s idea was this!” was the tongue-in-cheek question on both our minds as Carl and I left Durham at 6:00am on Saturday morning to head to Progress House, the Eaglescliffe base of the GNAAS, for the start of the Velo29 organised GYRO sportive. While 6am was an early start, if all had gone to plan, … Continued

Barbecue explosion survivor tells his story

Steven Clark was preparing for the first barbecue of the year at his home in Riding Mill, Northumberland, when the incident happened. The 47-year-old was struggling to light the fire, so decided to use liquid fuel. Unknown to him, the fire was already alight. Within seconds, he was engulfed in flames. “The fuel ignited,” he … Continued

Boy holds bike ride in memory of his dad

Pete Lloyd, 11, from Morpeth, was only five-years-old when his dad Daniel Lloyd was involved in accident with a falling tree in Stocksfield in 2014. Mr Lloyd, a teacher at The Dales School, in Blyth, Northumberland, was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by GNAAS, but unfortunately could not be saved. His wife … Continued

Team called out to road traffic collisions on 8 October

The team were activated at 2.20pm to Ferryhill to reports of a road traffic collision. Our paramedic and doctor team assessed and treated a patient before airlifting them to hospital. Incident timeline: 14:20 Mobile to incident 14:28 On scene 14:58 Take off from scene, transporting patient by air 15:06 Arrive at hospital 15:31 Returning to … Continued

Chain of survival saves cardiac arrest patient’s life

When Andrew went into cardiac arrest, his wife Gillian immediately began CPR and their daughter Simone rang 999 for an ambulance.  Passer-by Trina Duke stopped to offer help and together they continued until volunteer community first responder Ian Garrett arrived on scene. Ian explained, “When I arrived I checked Andrew’s airway and took over CPR … Continued

Mascot naming competition

If you’re a teacher of a primary school, it’s time to get your pupils’ thinking caps on to come up with some brilliant names for our helicopter and paramedic mascots. The best name ideas will become the official names of our mascots, and the winning schools will also receive a special visit from our new … Continued

Road traffic collision near Darlington

Our paramedic and doctor team assessed and treated a patient before airlifting them to hospital. Incident timeline: 17:38 Mobile to incident from Teesside International Airport 17:44 On Scene 18:26 Take off from scene, transporting patient by air 18:34 Arrive at hospital 19:02 Returning to base 19:08 On base

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