Weekend mission round-up, July 20th-21st

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) responded to the following incidents this weekend:

Saturday, 3.45pm: A 28-year-old Carlisle man was airlifted from Honister Pass, Buttermere, with very serious head and chest injuries after a mountain biking incident. The man was anaesthetised on scene by the GNAAS aircrew doctor before being flown to hospital in Preston. The flight from scene to hospital took 17 minutes. He was critical on arrival.

Sunday, Noon: A 67-year-old man from Windermere collapsed while walking on Striding Edge, Helvellyn. The aircrew paramedic and doctor was flown to the scene and left with the patient. Working alongside Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, resusitation attempts were made but sadly the man died on scene.

Sunday, 2.30pm: A 26-year-old woman was flown from Kirk Merrington, near Spennymoor, after falling from her horse while at an event. GNAAS joined North East Ambulance Service paramedics on scene, with the aircrew doctor providing additional treatment. She was then flown to hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from serious head injuries. The flight took ten minutes and the patient was stable on arrival.

Sunday, 3.15pm: A 56-year-old man from Otley was flown to hospital in Carlisle after a paragliding accident near Mosedale, between Keswick and Penrith. GNAAS’ Pride of Cumbria aircraft was called to assist Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, who had treated the patient on scene alongside a local BASICS rapid response doctor. The man was flown to hospital in 10 minutes and arrived in a stable condition.

Sunday, 3.40pm: A 39-year-old male motorcyclist was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after colliding with a car at Hinderwell, near Staithes in North Yorkshire. The man had sustained chest and arm injuries as well as suspected damage to his pelvis. He was flown to hospital in just eight minutes and arrived in a serious but stable condition. A female pillion rider was taken by road with minor injuries. An adult and two children in the car did not require hospital treatment.


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