Saturday 16 December 2017

Ice cream van used to transport injured patient from Dublin beach

Mark's ice cream truck assisted the Dublin Fire Brigade Photo: DFB
Mark's ice cream truck assisted the Dublin Fire Brigade Photo: DFB
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

An ice cream van owner helped save the day after transporting an injured patient from the beach to a nearby ambulance.

Mark's ice cream van stepped into the rescue when a patient injured their leg and required medical assistance at Portmarnock beach on Monday.

Dublin Fire Brigade said that the ice cream van was lighter than their ambulance and so was used to transport the patient off the sand.

"Our ambulances are about seven tonnes and would possibly become stuck in the sand. The ice cream van owner offered to transport the patient in his lighter van. The patient was about one mile from the ambulance.

Mark's ice cream truck assisted the Dublin Fire Brigade Photo: DFB
Mark's ice cream truck assisted the Dublin Fire Brigade Photo: DFB

"Occasionally we would ask to use a suitable vehicle if one is to hand, but usually we would call the local coast guard ground unit, local life guards, or carry the patient with a fire crew. Whatever means are most effective for the best outcome of the patient."

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