Saturday 22 July 2017

Incredible moment coastguard helicopter rescues injured man (53) from top of cathedral

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Take a look at this incredible footage of a coastguard helicopter rescues an unwell man from the top of Worcester Cathedral.

The man, who is part of a historical re-enactment group, suffered a diabetic episode during filming.

The emergency services decided a helicopter rescue was the best course of action, due to the cathedral's tall tower and narrow staircases.

The coastguard footage shows the 53-year-old man, who was dressed in 17th century clothes, being winched up above the cathedral.

Helicopter Winchman Sam Wellsteed paid tribute to the The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the West Midlands Ambulance Service for making sure the man was comfortable before his team arrived.

"Obviously the tall spires presented a hazard to the helicopter but our main concern was making sure the cathedral wasn't affected by the downdraft of the helicopter which can sometimes be very strong," he said.

"Thankfully, we were able to get to the casualty very quickly and winch him on board in a matter of minutes."

This is the second rescue to take place there in recent months.

In February, a bell-ringer was injured during a fall and had to be lowered 80ft to safety by a specialist rope rescue unit.

Pictures of the rescue posted on Twitter by fire crews showed the injured man being brought to ground level inside the cathedral.

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