A BIKER involved in a horror smash has thanked air ambulance medics after he was rescued from a remote forest.
Sunderland dad, Paul Parker, was out riding at Slaley Forest, Northumberland, last Saturday afternoon when he was seriously injured.
The 41-year-old was riding with two friends when he came off the road on a tight bend in the forest and veered into a grassed area.
The father-of-one hit a pile of logs and landed after flipping off his KTM enduro bike on to the gravel road – leaving him with a fractured pelvis.
Paul said: “When I crashed I was stuck lying on my front on the ground, as I had broken my pelvis and couldn’t move.
“North East Ambulance Service got me on a spinal board and gave me morphine to settle the pain. They called the air ambulance and they airlifted me out of the forest because it was quite a bumpy road.”
GNAAS flew him to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in 19 minutes, where he is now recovering after breaking the front and back of his pelvis, an injury which could take weeks to heal.
Paul said he wanted to thank the service for coming to his aid.
Paul from Houghton, said: “All of the people involved with my care that day and to date on the ward have been exceptional.
“They do a very hard job and must see some horrendous incidents. From the ambulance service from Prudhoe, to the Great North Air Ambulance, which is charity funded and, of course, the RVI staff.”
“GNAAS are worth their weight in gold. If they hadn’t got to me, I would be in a lot more pain.”