The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a bridge collapse near Cropton in North Yorkshire.
Two men, believed to be among a shooting party, had fallen into the river when the metal footbridge had collapsed. Both had sustained head injuries. Although they had been recovered from the water, both were soaked through when our doctor and paramedic team arrived on scene.
Other emergency services on scene had already prepared the patients for transfer and, after an assessment by the doctor, our crew flew the more seriously injured to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
As well as a head injury, the man, a 65-year-old from the York area, had sustained a suspected broken arm.”