Friday 28 July 2017

Mobility scooter tows injured walker to safety

Paul Lane was rescued by disabled ramblers after he broke his leg while walking his friend's dog in Cornwall (John Cuthbertson/PA Wire)
Paul Lane was rescued by disabled ramblers after he broke his leg while walking his friend's dog in Cornwall (John Cuthbertson/PA Wire)

Disabled ramblers went to the rescue of an injured walker - towing him to safety using a mobility scooter.

Paul Lane broke his leg after he slipped while walking his friend's dog in the remote Poldice Valley, near St Day, Cornwall, on May 12.

His cries for help were heard by members of the Disabled Ramblers group and they went to his aid.

They called the emergency services but paramedics could not get the ambulance close enough to Mr Lane because of the rough terrain.

Instead the ramblers summoned their support trailer and Mr Lane was towed to the ambulance by a mobility scooter.

Group leader John Cuthbertson said: "During our return after lunch we heard cries for help coming from the hillside above.

"Five of our walkers scrambled up loose scree to find out what was happening.

"Paul was hidden by trees and so took some finding. Paul said that there was the sound of a crack from his leg when he fell. He had tried to crawl to the track but couldn't make it.

"We phoned for an ambulance which we directed to the nearest point on the track in the valley.

"The ambulance people had no way of getting Paul from the hillside, 150 metres above the track. No helicopter was available due to fog at their base.

"Our rescue trailer was called for by radio and a steep and rough track was found to bring it to Paul.

"After transferring Paul to our trailer, the ambulance people descended and left us to bring Paul down the track. We brought Paul right up to the ambulance and they departed."

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