Episode 11 Real Rescues


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Episode 11

Nick Knowles and Louise Minchin present dramatic events from the work of the emergency services. What is causing seven-year old Lucy's heart to race at 255 beats a minute?


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Lucy has heart-attack symptoms, but she's only seven!

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Her pulse is racing at 255 beats a minute,

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three times faster than normal.

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It's really rapid. I mean, at least she feels well.

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She's a good colour, well perfused,

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but she needs to be monitored by the nursing team and doctors.

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And police with tracker dogs call in air support.

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They're searching for a missing man, and they fear he may not survive the night.

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"Yeah. This is...

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extremely thick, er...

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undergrowth,

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and a tree. I'm trying to get my torch into it. Over."

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Hello and welcome to Real Rescues.

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We're at Hampshire Police control headquarters Charlie One.

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They take over a quarter of a million emergency calls every year.

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Different controllers have different specialisms. That's forensics.

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They're taking calls at the moment. And behind me,

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that's the Eastleigh. They deal with the airport.

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Those big screens there are the motorway desk.

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It's clear at the moment even though it's raining. A really important one.

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Can you see Phil Jones, with the headphones on? He's the inspector,

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and he's in charge of everything that goes on here.

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But it's not just police emergencies on the show today.

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Now we have an unusual and worrying call for the ambulance service.

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The symptoms being described are very familiar,

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but it's the age of the person suffering them that's causing concern.

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SIREN WAILS

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A 999 callout to a patient with chest pains

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is nothing unusual for Julian Wensley-Smith.

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But today the patient is only seven years old.

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It's quite unusual to get a child that young

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experiencing chest pains and palpitations.

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It's not something that comes through too often,

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so I'm wondering if there's any previous history,

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or it could be a new episode of something,

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never had this problem before.

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The patient, Lucy, looks bright and alert,

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but Julian immediately spots her racing pulse.

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It's so fast it's making one of the main arteries bulge in her neck.

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Lucy is calm enough to tell Julian what happened.

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Out in the playground doing routines for Mr Petrie,

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and when I was running around, it just started.

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Oh, OK. What happened? What started? You tell me.

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-My palpitations.

-OK. You point and show me where.

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-There.

-Right in there. OK.

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It's the seventh time this has happened to Lucy

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in the last two years. Her mum brings Julian up to date.

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Well, for some reason her heart rate goes ballistic.

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-Super-duper quick?

-Yes.

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And she's had a monitor for a week.

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She's had a sticky-on monitor for 24 hours,

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and they haven't been able to catch anything happening to her.

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So although Lucy's been thoroughly checked out at the hospital,

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no-one has ever been able to get an electrocardiograph

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or ECG reading of her heart rate during one of these episodes.

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There's a chance Julian can do that now.

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Look at you! You know exactly what's coming, don't you?

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-MUM LAUGHS

-ECG.

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Yeah, that's right. This is the real cold one.

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-Oh!

-Told you.

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The ECG machine should be able to provide vital information

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about what's going on in Lucy's heart.

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And pop your hands down by your side. That's great.

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-AUTOMATED ECG VOICE

-"Do not touch the patient."

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But just when they need it, Julian can't get a reading.

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There's interference from somewhere.

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And he doesn't have any more luck with counting her pulse.

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It's been as high as 260 beats per minute in previous episodes.

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It's going too fast to count.

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I would expect, with a child of Lucy's age,

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to see a heart rate, really,

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sort of 90, 110.

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For her heart rate to be going well over 200,

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it was almost three times faster than what it should have been.

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Julian tries to get an ECG reading

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using larger pads.

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Just put that one on your back.

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Ow!

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It hurts.

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Well done! Done.

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Good. You're a very good patient, you know that?

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You're a very cool, calm patient.

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"Analysing heart rhythm."

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Ignore what the machine says, OK?

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It says all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

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But it still doesn't give a useful reading.

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Lucy's sister Meggan is waiting to let in the ambulance crew

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who are on their way. They carry more equipment

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which can measure the electrical responses of the heart.

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Apart from the pain in her chest,

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Lucy is also complaining that she's feeling short of breath.

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-What's that?

-Oxygen.

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Let's just see if we just... If you feel a bit short of breath,

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let's see if we can improve the way you're feeling slightly.

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All right? It just goes...

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There. There.

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Well done, you. Is that all right? How's that feel?

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-A bit better.

-OK. Good. Let's just see how it goes.

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We'll just leave it on for a short time.

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The oxygen helps, but Lucy's racing pulse remains a bit of a mystery.

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It's really rapid. I mean, at least she feels well.

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She's a good colour. She's well perfused, but it needs monitoring.

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Whilst it's going as quick as that, she needs to be monitored

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by the nursing team and doctors.

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Lucy still has pains in her chest, but she's staying remarkably calm.

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OK. I think what we'll do is, we will pop you onto the ambulance

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in a minute, all right? They're on their way.

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I think we'll do another ECG

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with all the stickers across your chest,

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and then we'll pop you up to the hospital

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and hopefully later on today you'll come back home.

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All right?

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-Fingers crossed, eh? You getting fed up with this now, are you?

-No.

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You taking it all in your stride? Brilliant.

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It's a lot for a seven year old to deal with,

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but Lucy is coping extremely well.

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The ambulance arrives, and Julian hands over to paramedic Carol Cole.

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-You alright?

-Yeah. You?

-For a year and a half now,

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she's been experiencing... Yeah. Periods of palpitations.

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She's been under all the specialists at the General.

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They cannot find the cause.

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-They said if it happens, 999, try and catch it.

-Yeah.

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-Bit of a mystery, then?

-Yeah. You're a bit of a mystery, aren't you?

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Mum and Meggan are going to travel with Lucy in the ambulance.

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Right.

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Before they leave, there's great news.

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Lucy's heart rate is suddenly back to normal.

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You see this here? It's showing your heart rate's slowed right down.

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I can't feel it, either. That's really good.

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The palpitations appear to have stopped,

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to everyone's immense relief.

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This time Lucy's attack has lasted for just over an hour,

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much shorter than before.

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That's a normal heart rate for someone your age. That's good.

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So it's gone back to normal.

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It's just frustrating that they didn't get that ECG reading.

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The hospital are desperately wanting to capture this rapid heart rate

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on an ECG, and we were probably two minutes away from achieving that.

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So in one sense, you know, we are very pleased

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that Lucy's heart rate has slowed down and she's feeling better,

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but in the other sense we're slightly disappointed

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in that we missed an opportunity to capture this,

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and obviously that would have been quite useful to the doctors.

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She'll now be checked over again in hospital,

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and Julian can get off to his next case.

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Very nice to meet you. You were a very good patient. Well done.

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You're a credit to your mum. See you later.

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Lucy suffered an identical attack one week on.

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That time paramedics were able to get an ECG in time,

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so we'll find out exactly what's causing it later.

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And from one emergency service to another.

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£100,000 worth of hay has caught fire in a huge barn,

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right next to a herd of young bulls. The fire crew soon realise

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that simply putting out the flames is not going to be enough.

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SIREN WAILS

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue have been called to a fire at a remote farm.

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A hay barn is burning fiercely.

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En route I could see the smoke plume as soon as I left the fire station.

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Four fire engines, one special-equipment unit

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and two water carriers arrive to find a ferocious fire.

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450 tons of hay are alight.

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But this is a beef farm, and nearly 200 valuable animals are in danger.

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When the fire started, half the bulls were in the pen

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closest to the flames. They had to be moved straight away.

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The radiating heat coming across can be up to 1,000 degrees.

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Now, that would then start to burn the skin of the bulls.

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They would then get agitated, knock the fence down

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and then stampede where we are.

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But now, with two rival herds in the same pen,

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there's a new danger.

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The two herds didn't get on together.

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All the bulls were fighting each other from the different herds.

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One farm worker has already had a narrow escape.

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One of the farm workers, who weighed 18 stone, was thrown out the pen

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by one of the bulls, and over the fence.

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Control have sent in their animal-rescue specialists.

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They're experts at handling animals in distress and danger.

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There's no way on earth, if a beef bull starts to charge,

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you're going to have any way of stopping it. I have to make sure

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all the firefighters are aware that they're not to go near the cattle,

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and also that they must make sure they've got safe egress

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should any of the animals jump out of the cattle shed.

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For the moment the bulls aren't going anywhere.

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They can't be let into the field because they have a special diet,

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and eating grass could be fatal.

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The firefighters are doing all they can to protect the farmer's livelihood.

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It means they aren't going to attempt to put the fire out.

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Too much water could have a devastating consequence.

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The reason we do not put the fire out is,

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the farmer is left with several tons of wet hay,

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and the animals will not touch it, so you've got to dispose of it.

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So the easiest thing is to let it burn controlled.

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In fact they even help the flames along.

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These two positive-pressure ventilation fans in the door

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are to encourage the fire to go, and that meant the fire burned quicker,

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which meant we would be at the farm less time

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and be less stress for the bulls.

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All the time they have to hope against hope the wind doesn't change direction.

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If the flames and smoke head over to the cattle shed,

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the farmer will be forced to make a terrible decision.

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We couldn't put them into pasture. We couldn't move them anywhere

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from where they were, so the only means of controlling the hazard

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is to have the animals humanely shot,

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and those plans were being drawn up all the time the fire was burning.

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The heat is so intense, it's beginning to set fire to other parts of the farm.

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It spread across the tracks. There was a fence alongside it, as well,

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which caught fire. The trees above were starting to catch fire.

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So we laid out some hose reels just to damp them down,

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but always conscious of not using too much water.

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They're continuing to control the fire, but with limited water supplies.

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There are no fire hydrants nearby, so the fire crews have set up a dam in the lane.

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The water carriers ferry water back and forth to keep it full.

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If we run out six jets, we run out of water within 20 seconds,

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so we have to prioritise our actions,

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and it basically was to save all the water for a fan spray

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between the barn and the bulls.

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The fine spray cools down the hot air before it reaches the bulls,

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protecting them from the intense heat.

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The tactics are working. The wind hasn't changed direction.

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Firefighters have surrounded the barn to contain the flames.

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They're limiting its spread.

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They will have to stay on the farm, monitoring the flames,

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for at least 24 hours to ensure the hay burns itself out safely.

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It's going to be a long night for the farmer and his valuable herd.

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The farmer seemed to be very pleased that we'd saved his cattle.

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He was a very nice guy, and he'd lost a summer's work

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of hay collecting. But 174 beef bulls at £1,000 apiece,

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as far as he was concerned, his main business was intact,

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and so he was able to continue his business, and I believe he still is.

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Fascinating, and we have Anton with us to talk us through that.

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Interesting, I thought, that you treated the animals like hazards,

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potential hazards to the firefighters.

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Because they're entire bull, they are extremely hazardous.

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All right in their own environment on a gentle, calm day,

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where there's nothing else going on, but with a barn fire

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and 20, 30 firefighters around, their stress levels increase dramatically.

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And a bull going rampant is a potential life-threat.

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A single bull let out loose is a dangerous hazard

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to a firefighter or any person,

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but when you've got 175 of them, things could get right out of hand.

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I was impressed that you went to such enormous lengths

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to try and protect the farmer's livelihood,

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rather than just going, "Fire. Put it out, chuck water at it,

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-whatever damage."

-In that particular scenario,

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the barn had to be contained. It is virtually impossible to put a barn fire out

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without creating a massive environmental problem with water run-off and that sort of thing.

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The run-off you were worried would cause damage to the livestock,

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but why didn't you chuck the bulls out into the field?

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The water could have caused them to get pneumonia.

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Because they're in such a protected environment,

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they're not used to being exposed to the elements,

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and if they went into a field they'd be eating grass,

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and their stomach's simply not developed to take grass.

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-Because they're brought up on feed.

-On hard feed, concentrate,

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-all their lives.

-Fascinating! They were aggressive, weren't they?

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Because it wasn't that normal day...

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But also, because you'd put one lot of bulls

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that had never met the other lot all in together...

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Despite living a lot together, when you put one tribe in with another

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-they went berserk at each other.

-You've summed it up perfectly.

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The tribal thing kicks in. Those bulls would have been bought in

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at three months old, so they're in effect young boys.

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They're then raised for perhaps 12, 13, 14 months.

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They go from 100 kilos to 500 to 600 kilos.

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The testosterone level rises dramatically,

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and within their own herd there is a pecking order.

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-There is within every species.

-When you put them all together,

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-they were sorting it out.

-Certainly. A massive fight then kicks off.

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Fantastic! It's just like Saturday night on Southampton high street

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with all the football supporters from different teams.

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Young men, too much testosterone. The animal kingdom's the same!

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Thank you, Anton. Louise?

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Not all animal rescues are as serious as dealing with those bulls.

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Sarah's got a story about a more prickly customer. You OK to talk?

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-Yes.

-You've got a story about a hedgehog

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which was caught on CCTV with a bit of a problem. What was going on?

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It was ever so sweet. Often we see things on the cameras here,

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and one evening we saw a hedgehog run into a spot of bother.

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He had got his little snout stuck in a Styrofoam cup.

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We watched him for a few minutes, and he wasn't getting out of it,

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so we thought, "We have to do something about this."

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We called up one of the police officers in the area. It was a quiet night,

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so there was nothing going on. We explained the problem,

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and we watched a few minutes later as they turned up.

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The blue lights were flashing. I don't know if the sirens were going

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because we haven't got sound. They got out with their high-visibility jackets on, hats,

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-coned off the road...

-Coned it off.

-Did everything.

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We were all laughing. Had a bit of a look at the hedgehog,

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then just gently took the cup off its little nose, and it ran away,

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-and we all cheered in here.

-It was a quiet night.

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-That's why you sent them.

-That's right.

-Was he OK?

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-Yes, he was fine.

-Thank you!

-Thanks.

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When Rachel Southgate was frantically trying to help her husband

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after a seizure, Rachel asked her five-year-old son to bring her the phone.

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But to help his mum, Jamie goes one step further

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and calls 999 himself.

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JAMIE TALKS TO OPERATOR

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RACHEL SPEAKS

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You heard the voice. Here he is. Jamie's here with us. Good work!

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Had you been practising for that?

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No. I just did it!

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You'd told him before, hadn't you, how to dial 999?

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You didn't expect he'd have to do that, though.

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We weren't sure he'd be able to do it if he needed to,

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but obviously he proved us wrong. He was very good.

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What was it like when the ambulance arrived?

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-How did it arrive? Was it quick?

-Yeah. It was... It was shot

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right to the house! It was shot!

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-Quickly to the house?

-It could be shot straight into the computer.

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-Really? It was that fast?

-Yeah!

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It went shot!

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You'd been practising about the 999.

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-When you called, were they very quick answering the phone?

-Mm, yeah.

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-Yeah?

-It just rang, then they answered it,

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then I said them words...

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And you knew where you lived and you knew James's name, as well.

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-Yeah.

-Very good. James, what do you think of what he did?

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-You were in a serious situation.

-I didn't know what was happening,

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obviously, but I think it's absolutely amazing

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for what a five year old can do, and ring an ambulance,

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and obviously I've just heard the call now.

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To say what he said, and just absolutely...

0:20:460:20:49

-It was so clear, as well!

-It was, and how he knew the address,

0:20:490:20:53

-and absolutely everything.

-And just tell us quickly -

0:20:530:20:57

-you've found out now what's wrong with you.

-Yeah, a form of epilepsy,

0:20:570:21:01

and it could have been brought on by... I had viral meningitis.

0:21:010:21:06

-As a mum, are you... He's a talkative chap, aren't you, Jamie?

-Yeah.

0:21:060:21:10

-Are you impressed by what he did?

-Very. Very proud of him.

0:21:100:21:13

-Excellent.

-It's wonderful.

0:21:130:21:15

Jamie, you've told everybody at school about this now.

0:21:150:21:18

-Yeah, in assembly.

-What did you tell them?

0:21:180:21:22

Told them that my stepdad was poorly,

0:21:220:21:25

and he collapsed,

0:21:250:21:28

-but Miss Higley done it first, though.

-Yeah.

0:21:280:21:32

And you really helped to save him, didn't you?

0:21:320:21:35

Yeah. And then, after Miss Higley done it,

0:21:350:21:39

I just came right out to the front and then told everybody,

0:21:390:21:42

-and it freaked me out!

-Did it? THEY LAUGH

0:21:420:21:46

Do you want to be an ambulance driver?

0:21:460:21:49

Because the ambulance went very fast. What do you want to be, then?

0:21:490:21:53

-Fireman.

-Do you? Well, we've got something you might like.

0:21:530:21:56

Have a look at this. For being so brave...

0:21:560:21:59

-Oh, wow!

-Thank you very much, all of you, for coming in.

0:21:590:22:03

Are you going to put it on? Brilliant. Good luck to you, Jamie.

0:22:030:22:07

Still to come on Real Rescues - who'd have thought watering the garden was so dangerous?

0:22:120:22:17

I just felt so abandoned in this water,

0:22:170:22:20

and it was oozing round me and I couldn't get out of it.

0:22:200:22:25

I just was amazed that I was in such a predicament

0:22:250:22:29

all from my own doing.

0:22:290:22:31

And the very long arm of the law. He doesn't know it yet,

0:22:310:22:35

but this man is being followed by a police spotter plane

0:22:350:22:37

and it's all to do with a pair of bolt-cutters he's carrying.

0:22:370:22:41

Er, we're going to see if we can... We can. Andrea's off the phone.

0:22:440:22:48

She's just taken... or had a very interesting call in...

0:22:480:22:51

Acting Sergeant, by the way, in case you were wondering.

0:22:510:22:55

-..er, about a robbery.

-That's correct, yeah.

0:22:550:22:58

We've had a call in that, basically, a male's entered a bank,

0:22:580:23:03

and he's threatened staff, saying he's got a weapon,

0:23:030:23:06

and he's also demanded money from them.

0:23:060:23:08

They've given him money, he's now left the bank,

0:23:080:23:12

and we've got reports that he's thrown all the money in the air,

0:23:120:23:16

and two members of the public are restraining him, waiting for police to arrive.

0:23:160:23:20

A citizen's arrest, holding him down!

0:23:200:23:22

We're en route to attend, but that's the report we've got at the moment.

0:23:220:23:27

-Fantastic. Can we come back to you?

-Yes.

-It's all going on in here!

0:23:270:23:31

Thank you very much. Right. We'll move on in the meantime.

0:23:310:23:35

A man is reported missing with serious injuries somewhere deep in Hampshire woodland.

0:23:350:23:39

They're worried he's a risk to himself and doesn't want to be found.

0:23:390:23:43

Boxer One Zero, the police spotter plane, is launched.

0:23:430:23:46

Dog-handlers on the ground are in contact with the crew.

0:23:460:23:48

The search is on.

0:23:480:23:50

It's late at night, and the air-support crew is using its thermal-imaging camera

0:23:550:24:00

to search for unlikely heat sources on the ground.

0:24:000:24:03

As they fly over a heavily wooded area

0:24:030:24:06

close to where the man has gone missing, they spot something.

0:24:060:24:09

"Yeah. We found a heat source which is near to Ash Road,

0:24:090:24:12

which we can't distinguish. We need to get it looked at."

0:24:120:24:16

"It's about 20 yards into the woodland, though."

0:24:160:24:19

At this stage it's impossible to say whether or not the heat source

0:24:200:24:24

is a person. They need the police and search dog on the ground

0:24:240:24:28

to move in closer, but they're working in darkness

0:24:280:24:31

and can see very little through the trees and dense undergrowth.

0:24:310:24:34

"Yeah. One Zero to the dog unit."

0:24:340:24:37

"Immediately to your left, about 20 feet. Over."

0:24:370:24:41

"You're moving away from it. It's behind you."

0:24:410:24:43

With clear vision of both the target and the dog team,

0:24:450:24:48

the air-support team can guide the handler towards his goal.

0:24:480:24:52

"One Zero to the dog unit. Two feet to your left,

0:24:520:24:55

and you're almost upon it. Over."

0:24:550:24:57

"Yeah. This is extremely thick, er...

0:24:570:25:01

undergrowth, and, er...a tree."

0:25:010:25:04

"I'm trying to get my torch into it. Over."

0:25:040:25:07

"Yeah. You're almost looking directly at the heat source."

0:25:070:25:10

They're almost on top of the target, but just can't see or get to it

0:25:100:25:14

through the dense brambles.

0:25:140:25:16

"It appears, if you come back out onto the communal parking area

0:25:160:25:20

and then go three feet to your left, there seems to be a way in there."

0:25:200:25:25

It's a frustrating job for dog and handler.

0:25:260:25:30

"Yeah. I can't, um..."

0:25:320:25:35

"It's totally thick. I'm going to call in my dog

0:25:350:25:38

and try and get in myself."

0:25:380:25:41

"Go ahead."

0:25:420:25:44

"I should be about on it now, shouldn't I?"

0:25:440:25:47

"It's about six feet ahead of you."

0:25:470:25:50

"Seems to be underneath a fallen tree or a branch. Over."

0:25:520:25:56

The policeman on the ground has finally made it through -

0:25:560:25:59

and this is no false alert.

0:25:590:26:01

"Can I have an ambulance urgently? Over."

0:26:010:26:04

"Can you get me an officer here with a first-aid kit immediately?"

0:26:040:26:08

"Roger."

0:26:080:26:09

"Any officer with a first-aid kit, please."

0:26:090:26:12

A first-aider on the ground moves in immediately.

0:26:120:26:16

Within minutes an ambulance will be on-site to take the injured man to hospital,

0:26:160:26:20

but without the help of the air-support unit,

0:26:200:26:22

he could have been out in the woods all night, with devastating consequences.

0:26:220:26:27

"Thank you very much for your assistance. Very grateful. Over."

0:26:270:26:30

The man made a full recovery from his injuries.

0:26:310:26:35

-This is Andy Sparshott, who was on that operation.

-Hi.

0:26:350:26:38

Fascinating thing, that you could get so close,

0:26:380:26:41

especially with the dog-handler,

0:26:410:26:43

and the guys on the ground not know they were right next to the person

0:26:430:26:48

-they were looking for.

-That's correct.

0:26:480:26:50

We're using thermal imagery to see this thermal return,

0:26:500:26:53

within this wooded area. We didn't realise ourselves

0:26:530:26:57

how dense the wooded area was, and we're trying to direct the handler

0:26:570:27:00

to the heat source we're seeing, and it wasn't till the handler

0:27:000:27:04

got down on all fours and climbed in through the woods that we realised how dense it was.

0:27:040:27:08

Why didn't the dog smell him, know where he was?

0:27:080:27:11

The way the dogs work, they're either picking up the scent

0:27:110:27:15

of the route the person would have taken through the woods,

0:27:150:27:18

or they're picking up the scent of their clothing, or what have you.

0:27:180:27:23

We think that we just directed the dog-handler into a different route.

0:27:230:27:26

-So the dog never crossed the scent path.

-No.

0:27:260:27:29

-Oh, I see.

-Actually, the dog-handler was sent through a car park

0:27:290:27:34

to the edge of the wood, where we saw this heat source.

0:27:340:27:37

Looking at that one that you were doing there,

0:27:370:27:40

it looked more like a sheep. It was a blob.

0:27:400:27:42

How could you tell it was a person? Doesn't a sheep look the same?

0:27:420:27:46

That's the difficulty. Looking at a stationary thermal object,

0:27:460:27:50

when you have overhanging trees,

0:27:500:27:53

that thermal return is an obscure shape.

0:27:530:27:56

So if it was somebody walking through the woods,

0:27:560:27:59

we'd be able to tell, but if it is stationary,

0:27:590:28:02

sometimes it is difficult to determine

0:28:020:28:05

whether it is a deer or another animal or even a compost heap,

0:28:050:28:08

because compost heaps are, er, a non-uniform shape,

0:28:080:28:12

-they give off heat...

-Have you ever directed anyone

0:28:120:28:16

-to something...

-Yes. Unfortunately I have to claim that I have.

0:28:160:28:20

A colleague who I was on patrol with, who's now a dog-handler,

0:28:200:28:24

and he's gone on to the dog unit and I've gone on to the aeroplane,

0:28:240:28:28

we both were sent to a burglary incident

0:28:280:28:31

where the offender was jumping somebody's back gardens.

0:28:310:28:34

The burglar was contained within the rear garden of one house,

0:28:340:28:37

which we were flying round. I was on the thermal-imagery camera,

0:28:370:28:41

and saw this heat source secreted between a swinging garden hammock

0:28:410:28:45

-and the back fence.

-Obviously someone hiding.

0:28:450:28:47

Of course. Again, you know, your mind's playing games with you.

0:28:470:28:51

-What was it?

-I was convinced, and it turned out to be the family rabbit.

0:28:510:28:55

So thankfully the police dog was on a lead.

0:28:550:28:59

Or it would have had it for lunch. Fascinating stuff.

0:28:590:29:02

In case you're wondering how they don't send them over cliffs,

0:29:020:29:05

-you've got maps so you can be sure.

-We've got mapping in the aircraft

0:29:050:29:09

so we can tell where the camera is looking

0:29:090:29:11

-on the mapping.

-All right.

-We know what wooded area we're looking at.

0:29:110:29:15

We've run out of time. New information to find out.

0:29:150:29:18

Thank you, Andy. We've got to move on now, unfortunately.

0:29:180:29:21

Yes. Earlier on, we saw seven- year-old Lucy's heart racing along

0:29:210:29:25

at over 200 beats per minute, and you can see the pulse in her neck.

0:29:250:29:29

Lucy's here, with Meggan, her sister, and her mum.

0:29:290:29:33

-And you're feeling much better today, aren't you?

-Yeah.

-Thank goodness!

0:29:330:29:36

Lucy had the same problem a week later, but this time

0:29:360:29:39

doctors were able to record her heart rhythms, as I found out.

0:29:390:29:43

I'm with Lucy's doctor, Dr Roman. This is an example, isn't it,

0:29:430:29:47

-of Lucy's heart when it's normal.

-Yes. This is an electrocardiogram

0:29:470:29:51

of Lucy's heart during a normal rhythm.

0:29:510:29:53

So we can compare that to what it might look like

0:29:530:29:56

-during an episode, which is quite different.

-Yes.

0:29:560:29:59

This is a very abnormal cardiac tracing,

0:29:590:30:02

or electrocardiogram, which shows the heart is racing along

0:30:020:30:05

at around 240 to 280 beats per moment...er, per minute.

0:30:050:30:10

This is not something for... The heart shouldn't be able to do this.

0:30:100:30:14

This suggests that her heart has an abnormal electric pathway,

0:30:140:30:17

and this is a very abnormal, narrow, complex tachycardia.

0:30:170:30:22

So you've measured it on this machine.

0:30:220:30:25

Is it dangerous for her? She was feeling pain

0:30:250:30:27

-and was quite worried by it, wasn't she?

-Yes.

0:30:270:30:30

It's not dangerous, in that this is something very treatable.

0:30:300:30:35

It is dangerous if it was to remain unchecked for many hours

0:30:350:30:39

or a few days. It can affect the heart function.

0:30:390:30:41

But usually this is very well tolerated in a very young child.

0:30:410:30:45

This is an eminently treatable condition,

0:30:450:30:48

and in Lucy's case we've started drug therapy.

0:30:480:30:51

She's on a beta-blocker.

0:30:510:30:53

And in the meantime, when she has these...?

0:30:530:30:56

We will obviously monitor how many she has.

0:30:560:30:59

We hope that she never has any long runs

0:30:590:31:01

of abnormal electric pathway,

0:31:010:31:03

and we hope that she'll be well controlled on medication.

0:31:030:31:07

But the outlook is quite good. The prognosis is good,

0:31:070:31:10

-and I'm sure she'll be fine in the long term.

-OK. Thank you.

0:31:100:31:14

That's good news, that you're going to be OK, Lucy.

0:31:140:31:17

Tell us a bit about these attacks. What does it feel like to you?

0:31:170:31:20

It feels quite...

0:31:200:31:23

scaring to me, because deep down, I'm not used to it, not yet.

0:31:230:31:27

But quite up in my body, I'm used to it.

0:31:270:31:32

When I'm used to it, I feel quite OK,

0:31:320:31:35

but when I'm not, I just feel...bleh! Gross.

0:31:350:31:38

Watching the film, you can see the pulse in her neck.

0:31:380:31:42

-It's got to be frightening as a mum.

-It is scary,

0:31:420:31:45

because I don't know what she feels.

0:31:450:31:47

I don't know what she's going through.

0:31:470:31:50

I can only keep her calm and deal with the situation as it's happening.

0:31:500:31:53

And that day when we were filming, you were off sick from school!

0:31:530:31:57

-It must be worrying for you too.

-It was, because I wasn't with it

0:31:570:32:01

on that day, and I was calling up everybody,

0:32:010:32:03

telling them what was going on, and it was really quite scary for me.

0:32:030:32:07

-Are you getting used to it now?

-Um, sort of. Yes and no.

0:32:070:32:11

-What's the "no" bit?

-The "no" bit is...

0:32:110:32:15

..part of it is telling me to try, stop it,

0:32:150:32:19

but the other half of my body is trying to ignore it.

0:32:190:32:23

-So I can't really do it, so...

-It's a really tough one, isn't it?

0:32:230:32:26

-It's not life-threatening, is it? She can live with it.

-Yes.

0:32:260:32:30

-How does it affect everyday life?

-It doesn't, because we don't let it.

0:32:300:32:33

We don't know...what brings them on, so we spoke to Dr Roman.

0:32:330:32:40

He said we don't have to stop her doing anything.

0:32:400:32:43

She can do any activity she wants to do.

0:32:430:32:45

It's just that you tend to keep a special eye just in case.

0:32:450:32:49

That's good news. Thanks for coming in. I'm glad you feel OK today.

0:32:490:32:53

Thank you. Now, we're used to adrenaline-pumped activities

0:32:530:32:56

like hang-gliding or rock-climbing leading to emergency calls here on Real Rescues,

0:32:560:33:01

but who'd have thought that watering your garden could be dangerous?

0:33:010:33:05

Ambulance crew Rebecca Slone and Anita Hart

0:33:080:33:11

are heading out to rescue a woman in her 70s

0:33:110:33:13

who's fallen down her stairs.

0:33:130:33:16

Rapid-response paramedic Steve Mitchell has already arrived.

0:33:170:33:21

-She is outside.

-This is the lovely Jean.

0:33:210:33:24

-Hello, Jean!

-Lovely 73-year-old lady.

0:33:240:33:26

As you can see, she's coming down the stairs to water the plants,

0:33:260:33:30

clutching a watering can. She's managed... She nearly got there.

0:33:300:33:35

She's got to the bottom or second-last step, slipped,

0:33:350:33:38

-and we think her left foot's got caught...

-Ooh!

0:33:380:33:41

..under there.

0:33:410:33:43

Jean caught her ankle in her stair lift.

0:33:430:33:46

Luckily neighbours heard her and raised the alarm.

0:33:460:33:49

Jean was carrying a two-gallon watering can down the stairs

0:33:490:33:52

when she fell. She ended up stranded as well as completely soaked through.

0:33:520:33:57

I just felt so abandoned in this water,

0:33:570:34:01

you know, and it was oozing round me and I couldn't get out of it.

0:34:010:34:06

'I just was amazed that I was in such a predicament

0:34:060:34:09

'all from my own doing!'

0:34:090:34:13

Dandy, Jean's little dog, has been by her side ever since she fell.

0:34:130:34:17

He was obviously standing guard, you know.

0:34:170:34:20

He just didn't want to go. He wanted to go to the hospital with me,

0:34:200:34:24

but I couldn't take Dandy with me.

0:34:240:34:27

It looks like Jean's ankle might be broken.

0:34:270:34:29

The paramedics need to immobilise it before they move her.

0:34:290:34:33

I'll put a splint there. It's one of those that sucks the air out

0:34:330:34:36

and goes hard. All right?

0:34:360:34:38

Splint in place, they can now get Jean out of the wet

0:34:380:34:41

and onto the stretcher.

0:34:410:34:43

Stretcher here, then stand up on the good leg?

0:34:430:34:46

My cunning plan was,

0:34:460:34:49

maybe across there somehow,

0:34:490:34:52

and then hopefully stand on the good one.

0:34:520:34:55

-Little bit of a...

-Bit of a hop, twist and jump.

-Dancer's spin.

0:34:550:34:59

After feeling so helpless, Jean is very relieved to be safe in the dry.

0:35:010:35:05

-Can you feel it?

-Oh, I'm feeling fine.

0:35:050:35:08

You're not supposed to be enjoying yourself. Pretend to look sick!

0:35:080:35:11

When I got on the stretcher,

0:35:110:35:14

that was the most amazing feeling of relief.

0:35:140:35:17

It was a release from being imprisoned in that little space, you know?

0:35:170:35:23

Once on board, Rebecca can carry out some routine tests

0:35:230:35:27

before they head off to the hospital.

0:35:270:35:29

Jean realises that her trip is going to become something of a talking point.

0:35:290:35:34

-You'll be the talk of the town.

-The highlight of the coffee morning!

0:35:340:35:38

-Oh, you'll be the star. Get them all to sign your cast.

-I will!

0:35:400:35:45

THEY LAUGH

0:35:450:35:47

The last time Jean was in hospital was when her son was born,

0:35:510:35:54

and he is nearly 50! I bet there've been a few changes since then. Nick.

0:35:540:35:58

Thank you. I wanted to catch up on the call that we had earlier

0:35:580:36:02

with Andrea here. The bank robbery - last we heard,

0:36:020:36:05

members of the public jumped all over this person.

0:36:050:36:09

That's correct. Officers attended and apprehended the male, and he's now in custody.

0:36:090:36:13

-Good! And everybody all right? Nobody hurt?

-No-one at all,

0:36:130:36:16

-and there was no weapon.

-How do you feel about people having a go?

0:36:160:36:19

We encourage members of the public not to get involved with people

0:36:190:36:23

that are possibly dangerous, so the best thing to do is dial 999

0:36:230:36:27

-and inform us.

-However, they did good, didn't they?

0:36:270:36:30

-Very good, yes.

-Smashing. Thank you, Andrea.

0:36:300:36:33

That's exciting this morning, isn't it? OK.

0:36:330:36:35

We're returning now to the police air-support unit.

0:36:350:36:38

They've launched their plane to look for a man who's escaped custody,

0:36:380:36:42

and when a 999 call comes in from a tool-hire company,

0:36:420:36:45

it could be just the piece of information the police need.

0:36:450:36:48

Once in the air, they quickly zoom in on this man.

0:36:510:36:53

The bolt-cutters he's just hired are nearly as big as he is.

0:36:530:36:57

There's no mistaking him, but he has no idea he's been spotted

0:37:000:37:04

by police overhead.

0:37:040:37:07

The bolt-cutters are the largest the hire-company provides.

0:37:120:37:15

The police believe there's a good chance it could have something to do with the handcuffed escapee.

0:37:150:37:21

The police plane follows his every move and passes all the details

0:37:210:37:25

down to officers on the ground, but the man is still completely unaware

0:37:250:37:29

he's in their sights.

0:37:290:37:32

The bolt-cutters must be getting heavy,

0:37:390:37:41

but this man is clearly on a mission, with no time to lose.

0:37:410:37:45

As he reaches a crossroads, he seems to be a bit lost.

0:37:530:37:57

With the help of some new directions, he sets off once more.

0:38:100:38:14

The man is now retracing his steps.

0:38:270:38:30

He's clearly not taking the bolt-cutters home.

0:38:300:38:33

It's looking likely they're destined for someone in need.

0:38:330:38:37

The police are hoping he'll lead them straight to the man in handcuffs.

0:38:370:38:40

He's so intent on the task in hand,

0:38:520:38:54

he doesn't even notice the police car

0:38:540:38:57

that's been called into the area to monitor him.

0:38:570:39:00

He's now made contact with a woman who seems to be waiting for him.

0:39:040:39:09

As ground units close in on the pair,

0:39:150:39:18

a plainclothes officer makes his move.

0:39:180:39:20

And there he is - the escaped man in handcuffs.

0:39:360:39:39

Far from getting his hands freed,

0:39:470:39:50

this man is heading straight back to custody.

0:39:500:39:54

Andy, who was the cameraman in the plane at the time of that incident.

0:40:010:40:04

It's extraordinary to watch. What I thought was fascinating,

0:40:040:40:08

apart from "Can I have a pair of cutters about this big, please"...

0:40:080:40:11

He must have gone into the hire store.

0:40:110:40:14

But because you were able to watch,

0:40:140:40:17

you were able to keep everybody in, like, a moving disc around him,

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so wherever he went, you kept the police outside it.

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We'd engineered that. We knew that there was a previous incident,

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the guy that had escaped custody with the handcuffs.

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There was a call about somebody with a huge pair of bolt-croppers,

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and when you get airborne and see the image of this person,

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you didn't think they were going to be that big.

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But we knew he was going to take us to the guy that had escaped,

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so we'd told the police officers in the area to stay well away.

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We had visual on the guy with the bolt-croppers,

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-and he took us to the escapee.

-How come he didn't know?

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Why doesn't he think, "Why is that plane following me?"

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I think it's because he's more conscious

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that he's got a big pair of bolt-croppers,

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and he doesn't want to be spotted by any police driving around,

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or he knows he's going to get stopped.

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So he was looking around for police officers

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-rather than being aware there was a plane.

-How high up, though?

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-2,000 feet.

-Great pictures, there, from 2,000 feet.

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I tell you what - we can find out how loud it sounds,

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because on the monitor here, we've got live feed

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from the spotter plane on patrol and overhead,

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and a very suspicious character is on the screen, looking back up.

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That's our Louise outside. Can you see them? Can you hear them?

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I can, but if I was doing my shopping or getting into my car,

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I wouldn't bother looking up. But also, they've been doing wide circles

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for the last couple of minutes or so, and I would never assume

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that they could see me on the ground, because I can't see them clearly

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at all up there. And they can see me, can they?

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We can see you absolutely and totally clearly.

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It's now panning across to the rest of the crew.

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I understand a job's come in. Would you like to let them know on the radio and tell them they're free?

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-Apparently a call has just come in.

-Fox One Zero from Charlie One.

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-Thank them very much from us.

-OK. You're welcome.

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Extraordinary that you can be far up in the sky, looking down, and get such clear pictures.

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-You're free to resume. Thanks.

-There you go.

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-"Thank you, Fox One Zero Fox."

-And there they go.

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So what happened in the end with this guy?

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The bolt-cropper man was stopped as he approached some flats.

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We knew the guy that had escaped custody was within those flats, within the communal stairwell area.

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The plainclothes guy asked the woman, zoomed round the corner

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-and grabbed him.

-We got the bolt-cropper guy.

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The guy that had escaped lawful custody was re-arrested

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for the criminal-damage incident that he'd originally committed,

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-but a more serious offence of escaping custody.

-Fantastic kit.

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-Remember, Louise - they're watching you.

-Thanks, Nick.

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More from Real Rescues next time. Goodbye!

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Nick Knowles and Louise Minchin present dramatic events from the day-to-day work of the emergency services, going behind the scenes at one of Britain's biggest police control centres.

What is causing seven-year old Lucy's heart to race at 255 beats a minute? Plus the case of the bolt croppers, the fugitive and the police aeroplane.