Episode 14 Helicopter Heroes


Episode 14

Rav Wilding looks at the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Two brothers are hurt in a bike accident in the Derbyshire Peak District, and a paraglider crashes into a hill.


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If you're critically ill or injured in a place like this,

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there's only one thing that can save you, and that's speed.

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Wherever you are, this helicopter with a team of pilots and paramedics

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will fly to your rescue at two and a half miles a minute.

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These are Yorkshire's helicopter heroes.

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'When the people of Britain's biggest county dial 999,

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'there's a good chance help will come from the skies.

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'The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is ready to scramble 365 days a year,

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'and each one brings a new life-or-death emergency.

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'Today on Helicopter Heroes,

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'a police spy in the sky swoops on a National Park's bikers,

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'but too late to prevent a serious accident.'

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All I could see was an explosion of bike bits.

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'There's a road smash and the Helimed team are scrambled.'

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Looks like his femur's gone as well.

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'High in the Pennines, a paraglider crashes

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'and needs a life-saving flight.'

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He's just come in to land.

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'And the show-jumpers riding for a fall.'

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It's not just sightseers who are drawn to our National Parks.

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The twisting roads through the Derbyshire Peak District

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attract bikers out to pit their skills against the local terrain.

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'The Helimed team aren't the only tenants at Sheffield airport.

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'Next door are noisy neighbours,

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'the South Yorkshire Police air support unit.

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'Their job is to catch criminals but, with identical helicopters,

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'it's inevitable the teams have a lot in common.'

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We've got a running total all the time.

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-The number of jobs?

-Yeah, like arrests.

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Vehicles recovered, missing people recovered.

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'Today, the worlds of Helimed 98 and Sierra Yankee 99

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'are about to collide over the Peak District.

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'It's the first day of Operation Octane,

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'a police campaign to reduce the number of deaths among local bikers.

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'The focus is the snake pass scenic route from Sheffield to Manchester,

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'a favourite with bikers, thanks to sweeping bends and stunning views.'

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Vehicle check, please.

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'This biker's sticking to the speed limit, but many don't.'

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Let's see if we can't catch him.

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'But a joy ride has just ended in a terrible accident.'

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We're off to a road traffic accident involving two motorcyclists

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near Ladybower reservoir west of Sheffield.

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We believe one motorcyclist is unconscious.

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That's pretty much all the information we've got.

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It's quite a way out of Sheffield.

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'Paramedic Tony Wilkes and Dr Jez Pinnell know the snake pass's grim reputation.

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'The A57 is notorious for accidents like this.

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'Paul Davies and brother-in-law Andrew Brown

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'took advantage of the first nice day of spring for a ride.'

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You've got a helmet on. We're going to take it off.

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I'm just going to take hold of your neck.

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Basically, two bikes overtook me further back down the road.

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The white bike did a U-turn in the middle of the road.

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His mate behind him couldn't stop and just smacked straight into him.

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All I could see was an explosion of bike bits.

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'The damage to the petrol tank shows where Andrew's bike hit.

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'Paul was unconscious for five minutes,

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'his brother-in-law watching, thinking he was dead.'

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I went straight into the side of him. I've gone over the top.

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I think he took the brunt of it with the bike hitting him.

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'Andrew's foot is crushed. He can't move.

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'All he can do is watch as doctor Jez and paramedic Tony

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'work on their patient.

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'First, they need to take off the gear that probably saved his life.

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'The medics see that the helmet is badly damaged, a bad sign.'

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I'll be as gentle as I can, OK?

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'He could have a serious neck injury. They must take care.'

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I'm going to pop a collar on, Paul. OK, mate?

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You're doing really well, mate.

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'Thanks to Operation Octane,

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'there's no shortage of traffic cops on the snake pass.

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'Among the first to arrive is Sergeant Nick Pulphrey,

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'head of the accident reduction campaign.'

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The A57 is one of the main routes.

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We're patrolling it to advise motorcyclists on speed and safety.

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We got here late for this one.

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'Sergeant Pulphrey has dealt with many accidents like this.

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'Dr Jez is going to need him to join the medical team.'

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-Stop struggling, pal.

-PAUL MOANS

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-We're going to help you now.

-MOANING INCOHERENT

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'The severity of Paul's head injury is hard to assess,

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'but is causing him to fight against his rescuers.

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'It's a struggle on the ground, but keeping Paul calm 500 feet up

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'will be impossible and potentially dangerous.'

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-Which leg's hurting?

-MOANS

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'Like this, the Helimed crew can't take him. It's just too risky.'

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Paul, do you know where you are?

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'The medics need to come up with another plan, quickly.

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'Coming up, Dr Jez carries out a tricky procedure

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'to ensure his patient reaches hospital alive.'

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He's asleep. He won't know anything about this.

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'A bird man crashes.'

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If he hits the ground at that speed something's got to give.

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It's not usually the ground.

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'And a show-jumping horse launches its rider to a painful landing.'

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Driving to work in the morning can be a chore for most people.

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It can also end in serious injury and a trip to hospital.

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'If you commute to work by car, you'll know about the rush hour.

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'When millions of cars pour onto our roads there's bound to be accidents.

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'On a country road in Rotherham, there's been a head-on smash.

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'The Helimed team get to work early to beat the rush hour,

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'and also to help injured commuters.

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'This 999 call's from the driver himself,

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'trapped inside his car.'

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Helimed 98, just landing on scene now.

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'Soaring above the traffic, the team arrives in minutes.'

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Where's the other occupants in the other car?

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'The other motorists had a lucky escape.

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'But the man who made the 999 call is still trapped.'

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He's complaining of discomfort in his shoulder.

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Looks like his femur's gone as well. Lacerations to his face.

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We think done by the air bag.

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'Veterinary nurse Kevin Rogers

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'has collided with the blue car at a combined impact of 120mph.

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'He's injured, but the driver of the blue car had a miraculous escape.'

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She said she's fine.

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-Is that the lady there?

-That's her.

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'The crew's surprised she hasn't got any injuries

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'and can get on with her trip to work - but Kevin is going nowhere.'

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He's got a significant leg injury.

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That's masking any other injuries.

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Only once we get him out will we be able to examine him properly for any underlying injury.

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'Kevin's legs have been crushed underneath the dashboard.

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'An injection of morphine should help with the pain.'

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Describe the pain in your body between zero and ten?

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-About a seven.

-About a seven?

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-Is that mostly in your leg?

-It's all in my leg.

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'To get Kevin out safely, the team needs the skills

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'and hydraulic cutting equipment of the fire brigade.

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'They train for hours for situations like this.'

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Kevin, this might make you feel a bit sick.

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Tell me and I'll give you something for it.

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'The fire brigade call these hydraulic cutters the jaws of life.

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'Before they were invented, crews struggled with angle grinders.

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'Now, a car roof can be taken off in minutes,

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'allowing Lee to make a better assessment of Kevin's injuries.'

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-Pulse of 102...

-I've got scissors in my pocket.

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-Say again.

-I've got scissors in my pocket.

-All right.

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'Kevin has the presence of mind to warn Lee about his medical scissors.'

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We've got them.

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'Kevin's legs are obviously fractured.

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'The impact has been so great, Lee's also worried about his spine.'

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One, two, three, lean.

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KEVIN GROANS All right, mate.

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Can you do me a favour? Trust me.

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Put your right arm over your left and hold them together.

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We're going to support your leg and everything, all right, mate?

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'Kevin has multiple fractures and can't support his own weight.

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'He's relying on the strength of his rescuers

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'and the medical skills of Helimed 98's paramedics.

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'Coming up, the patient begins his trip to hospital, but there's a problem.'

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We're going to put something round, like a girdle around your pelvis.

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'I'm meeting the horsey set to find out why they risk their lives tackling fences like this.

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'And a speed cop comes to the aid of a badly injured biker.'

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Old rivalries die hard, just ask any football supporter.

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Few come as big as those between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

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When it comes to saving lives, even a born and bred Tyke can't let geography get in the way.

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'Navigation's always a problem for the Helimed team.

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'Finding your way at 2,000 feet is surprisingly difficult.

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'But today, paramedics Darren Axe and Simon Cavanagh are heading into uncharted territory - Lancashire.'

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Looks like we're skirting a bit north than where we need to be.

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-See that wind farm?

-Yeah.

-Straight over that, mate.

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'They have been called to the other side of the Pennines

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'to rescue a downed bird man, a paraglider who has crashed.

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'When you're landing a parachute,

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'the only undercarriage is your legs.

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'It's feared James Watson's hard landing has damaged his back.

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'The only thing that prevents collisions is eyesight, and there's plenty of air traffic.'

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-I've got an aircraft at 2 o'clock.

-Are they away from us?

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-Can't tell. Looks like a helicopter coming towards us.

-It is.

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'Picking out other aviators is difficult,

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'especially in bright sunshine.'

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-Is it a Chinook?

-I think it's a paraglider.

-It's a microlite.

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We've been to some paragliders before.

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And, er... Usually when a body hits the ground at that kind of speed something's got to give.

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It's not usually the ground.

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'Yorkshire has some of the UK's busiest air space,

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'and the chopper is heading towards Manchester International Airport's crowded skies.'

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There's another helicopter at 3 o'clock. It's busy round here!

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This road here. Ambulance. Low here, mate.

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Helimed 98 now landing.

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A paramedic, Ian, dealing with a lad called James

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with a suspected spinal due to a paragliding incident.

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-Paramedic Ian's asked if you've got a long board.

-Yeah.

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This is James. He's 34.

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He's been on a paraglider and he's come in to land.

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He's basically landed down on his bum on his back.

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Keep nice and still, James.

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All right, James? We're getting a long board from the helicopter.

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-Where's the nearest hospital?

-I guess it's Fairfield.

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I'm not sure they've got a helipad. Royal Blackburn has.

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-Ten miles over the hills.

-Brilliant.

-Supposed to be best in area.

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There's no tenderness or pain in your neck?

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-No.

-And were you knocked out at all?

-No.

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'They're in deepest Lancashire, but Darren and Simon discover their patient's also crossed the border.'

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He's from Leeds, mate.

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LAUGHTER We're not taking you back!

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'It's feared he may have damaged his spine.

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'James will be strapped to a rigid board to prevent injury,

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'until he can be checked out in hospital.'

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OK, James? Everyone ready?

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Ready? One, two, three, lift.

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JAMES CRIES OUT

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And one, two, three, down.

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You're on.

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'It's 700 years since Yorkshire

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'went to war with its Lancastrian neighbours in the War of the Roses.

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'But in the minds of some proud residents of the white rose county,

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'it might have been yesterday.'

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Are you from Lancashire?

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-LAUGHTER

-He's a Blackburn fan and all!

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-Are you a Leeds fan?

-I'm not. No. Thank God!

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If you were, I'd leave you here!

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'Paragliding's one of the UK's most hazardous sports.

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'Pilots are at the mercy of invisible air currents

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'and the unforgiving landscape of the hills they fly from.

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'James has found that out the hard way.

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'James's accident has happened 2,000 feet up in the Pennines.

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'This is no place to be injured, unless there's an Air Ambulance.'

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We were called out to assist Lancashire Ambulance.

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We arrived, ferried paramedics up here, got to the casualty,

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and got our helicopter over from Yorkshire to assist.

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We're going to take him to Blackburn hospital, if Tim can find it!

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Royal Blackburn, or Blackburn Royal Infirmary. This patient.

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'Lancashire's hospitals aren't as familiar to the team as their local A&E units.

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'But some of them boast facilities Yorkshire lacks.'

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ON RADIO: It's a brand new hospital and they've got a large helipad.

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Straight off the aircraft into hospital!

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There's the pad. This is lovely, isn't it?

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-We should come here all the time.

-It's got a wind sock!

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'The crew's warming to Lancashire, even if they won't admit it!'

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Forward-thinking people. Fantastic helipad at this facility.

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They've got to get ten out of ten, in my book.

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'James has arrived so quickly,

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'it caught the nursing staff on the hop.

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'But he'll soon be undergoing treatment.

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'Paragliders know paralysis is a danger every time they take off.

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'Most believe the thrills are worth the risk.'

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See you again! This is cracking, this helipad!

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'The good news is, James wasn't badly hurt.

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'He crossed back home to Yorkshire after a short stay in hospital.

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'Coming up, a veterinary nurse badly needs treatment in hospital.'

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Just pulling on your hips a bit, all right.

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'Helimed 99 achieves a clear round

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'as it touches down in a show-jumping arena.'

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Back to the snake pass in the Peak District.

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The team's fighting to save a badly injured biker.

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'Paul and Andrew are among the year's first casualties on the snake pass.

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'They represent a set-back for the cops in the sky

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'trying to drive down the toll of deaths on the roads of the Peak District.'

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Operation Octane is a campaign aimed at motorcycles on the busier roads.

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'Paul, who has a head injury, is married to Andrew's sister.'

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All accidents can be avoided, can't they?

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Accidents only happen as a result of either negligent behaviour or excessive speed.

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These are brothers-in-law.

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I imagine there'll be ramifications within the family.

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'Paul's injury's making him confused and he's fighting the medical team.'

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-PAUL MOANS INCOHERENTLY

-You need to try and relax for me.

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Paul, do you know where you are?

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'Dr Jez Pinnell is flying today.

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'It's a good thing, too. He's an anaesthetist.'

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He's going in and out of consciousness.

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We're going to pop him off to sleep for safety.

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BP's absolutely fine.

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No chest problem...

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'Dr Steve Rowe, who lives nearby, has also come to help.

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'He, too, is an anaesthetist.'

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We'll give him a short anaesthetic to get the tube in, control his breathing.

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If he was agitated in the helicopter it'd be an uncontrolled situation.

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By doing this now

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in relatively controlled circumstances, we've gained control.

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CRIES OUT We're going to help you now.

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MOANING You're going to be all right.

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'Jez knows his patient's condition could become unstable.'

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If you move, it's going to hurt. Lie very still.

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'There's no time to worry about Paul's expensive leather suit.'

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You'll be all right now. Your arm will feel a lot better.

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'To fly Paul to hospital, Jez must first take control of his breathing.

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'It's a procedure called an RSI, usually performed in hospital.'

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Are you happy to do that? I'll get Steve to pass me the bits and bobs.

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'Today, in the snake pass and with his brother-in-law watching,

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'Jez is going to anaesthetise Paul

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'and insert a breathing tube into his windpipe.'

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Try not to move your leg. I'm just going to give you some painkillers.

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'Jez has performed this procedure hundreds of times.

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'Without the extra expertise of an A&E department,

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'putting Paul asleep is not without risk.

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'A cocktail of drugs stops Paul breathing,

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'at which point, Jez quickly inserts a tube

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'so he can breathe for his patient.

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'This is the critical part of the procedure.'

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Yeah. Sounds good.

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'Jez's experience has worked again and the team can prepare Paul

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'for his emergency flight to hospital.'

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OK. And relax.

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It's a case of getting him up to the aircraft monitors and to hospital.

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We've done what we can roadside.

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Needs care now at Sheffield Northern.

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'Despite huge advances in the design of crash helmets,

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'head injuries are still the most common cause of deaths and serious injuries to bikers.

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'To prevent Paul becoming another statistic on a notorious road,

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'the team need to get him to hospital fast.

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'Coming up, the biking brotherhood decide to hang up their leathers,

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'thanks to a tearful request from a member of the family.'

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I'd rather spend time with her than be on the bike.

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'And there's no such thing as a soft landing

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'when you come off one of these.'

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Rush hour ended in agony for one commuter on his way to work at the vet surgery.

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Now the Helimed team have to get him to hospital.

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'Rush hour in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

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'Veterinary nurse Kevin Rogers' commute has come to a dramatic halt.

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'He's trapped in his car after being involved in a head-on collision.

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'Helimed 99's paramedics Lee Davison and Pete Vallance stabilised Kevin,

0:22:210:22:26

'but his legs have been crushed and until he's prised out,

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'they won't know if he's suffered life-threatening injuries.'

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One, two, three, lift.

0:22:340:22:37

KEVIN MOANS

0:22:370:22:39

Ease the board down a little bit.

0:22:400:22:43

'Lee and Pete don't want to wait

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'and the process of carefully sliding Kevin out his car begins.'

0:22:460:22:51

Somebody take the C spine off me at this end, if you can?

0:22:510:22:55

That's superb.

0:22:550:22:57

'Morphine is paramedics' painkiller of choice and Kevin needs more.'

0:22:590:23:04

What's your pain score now?

0:23:050:23:07

-Back up to about six.

-Back up to six. OK.

0:23:070:23:11

'There's more bad news for Kevin.

0:23:110:23:13

'Lee's worried he may have a fractured pelvis.'

0:23:130:23:17

We're going to put something round, like a girdle.

0:23:170:23:20

Just to go round your pelvis.

0:23:200:23:23

'It's painful but worth it.

0:23:230:23:25

'The splint will hold Kevin's bones together until he reaches the waiting surgeons.'

0:23:250:23:31

This is going to pull on your hips.

0:23:310:23:34

'It's only 9 o'clock in the morning but Kevin's ordeal is nearly over,

0:23:340:23:39

'thanks to more than 20 members of the emergency services.'

0:23:390:23:43

We were the first on scene, responding from not far away.

0:23:430:23:47

As we approached, we knew it was a bad RTC. Patient in a lot of pain. Bilateral fractured femurs.

0:23:470:23:54

He knew he was seriously injured but he was quite chatty.

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We're going to lift you into the aircraft now, mate.

0:23:590:24:03

'Normally, Kevin would be making a cup of tea and preparing the veterinary surgery.

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'Instead, he's being air-lifted to hospital for life-saving treatment.'

0:24:090:24:14

You're doing fine, mate. You're doing fine.

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We're flying to Northern General so you'll not be far from work.

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I don't think you'll be nipping in today.

0:24:240:24:27

'Sheffield's Northern General hospital is a major trauma centre,

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'containing all the skills and equipment that Kevin needs.

0:24:330:24:36

'It's a short flight, but Lee and Pete know Kevin faces

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'a long and very painful journey back to full health.

0:24:400:24:44

'Kevin suffered a list of injuries,

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including a fractured pelvis and broken legs, arms and collarbone.

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'After surgery, he spent months in hospital.

0:24:520:24:56

'I'm pleased to say he's back at work doing the job he loves.'

0:24:560:25:01

It's just a country road.

0:25:010:25:03

I thought it was a bit icy so I slowed down generally.

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Cos of the ice on the road.

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But went around a corner, one of my back tyres hit the ice

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and came out.

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Very lucky, the passenger side was completely non-existent.

0:25:190:25:23

There wasn't a passenger side of the car.

0:25:230:25:27

If I'd swung the other way, probably wouldn't have been here.

0:25:270:25:32

'Although he looks fully recovered,

0:25:330:25:36

'Kevin has a physical reminder of the crash.'

0:25:360:25:39

For the rest of my life,

0:25:390:25:41

I'll have to have a foot raised cos I'm missing 3.5 centimetres off the leg.

0:25:410:25:48

I certainly have learned from it. Something I'd never want to repeat.

0:25:480:25:54

I wouldn't wish it on anyone to go through.

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It's not been a nice experience

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but something, hopefully, I'll take away a lot from.

0:26:000:26:03

'Coming up,

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'the girl who persuaded a biker to give up two wheels when Mum failed.'

0:26:090:26:14

My daughter and my wife could have been without me.

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Name a dangerous sport. Motor racing? Boxing?

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If you asked a paramedic, he'd say horse riding.

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Some of their most serious cases involve showjumping or three-day eventing.

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'More than two million people regularly ride horses in the UK.

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'Equestrianism is one of the most popular countryside pursuits.

0:26:420:26:46

'For the paramedics of Helimed 99,

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'it's one of the major reasons for emergency call-outs.

0:26:490:26:52

'The only problem is, horses and helicopters don't mix.

0:26:520:26:57

'At a centre in North Yorkshire,

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'an American student has taken a tumble off a horse

0:27:000:27:04

'and could be seriously injured.'

0:27:040:27:06

I guess she just lost balance and fell right over.

0:27:060:27:10

I think it was the way she fell that she hit her leg really hard.

0:27:100:27:15

Who knows at this point what's really wrong?

0:27:150:27:19

We don't know yet, but she's in pain.

0:27:190:27:22

'A land ambulance has arrived and called for back-up.

0:27:220:27:26

'The patient has a broken femur, which is potentially very serious.

0:27:260:27:31

'Helimed 99 is on the way, but paramedic Tony is only too aware of the obvious hazards.'

0:27:310:27:37

Ask the air desk to get in touch with the riding school,

0:27:370:27:43

obviously, to get any loose horses secured as best as possible.

0:27:430:27:48

'They find the riding school and put the helicopter down away from the scene of the accident.

0:27:480:27:54

'The last thing they want to do is spook any horses.

0:27:540:27:58

'But the helicopter is now too far away to be any real use.'

0:27:580:28:04

It looks like this incident's a fair distance from where we've landed.

0:28:040:28:10

Can you give JJ a call on the mobile

0:28:100:28:14

ask him to stay with the aircraft?

0:28:140:28:16

We'll have to relocate.

0:28:160:28:18

Hi, folks. How are we doing?

0:28:180:28:21

'Michelle Lombard is in a great deal of pain. She's from America.

0:28:210:28:25

'She's learning to be a riding instructor.

0:28:250:28:28

'But things have gone badly wrong. She's had a big fall.

0:28:280:28:32

She fell over the horse. She hasn't hit her head or anything...

0:28:320:28:36

Michelle, what's your pain score?

0:28:360:28:39

Ten being the highest, nought being nothing? Is it quite high?

0:28:390:28:43

-MUFFLED: Relatively.

-Pardon?

0:28:450:28:47

Relatively.

0:28:470:28:49

'Michelle is stable, but she needs to get to hospital.

0:28:490:28:53

'It's decided to try and bring the helicopter in closer, but there are some loose horses about.

0:28:530:29:00

'Pilot JJ thinks he's found somewhere safe.'

0:29:000:29:03

The three fields on the left, the middle field of that.

0:29:030:29:08

-Middle field?

-Can't miss it. It's a big yellow thing.

0:29:080:29:12

Deep breaths.

0:29:120:29:14

'Before Michelle can be moved, they need to straighten her leg.

0:29:140:29:18

'Ben uses a traction splint to separate the broken bone.

0:29:180:29:22

'It should make her more comfortable but it's not a pleasant experience.'

0:29:220:29:28

Well done! Keep breathing.

0:29:290:29:32

'She's given some more pain relief, which helps her sense of humour.'

0:29:320:29:38

# I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts! #

0:29:380:29:42

It's amazing what morphine does!

0:29:420:29:44

A fractured femur is a big bone and gives a lot of pain.

0:29:440:29:49

Looks like we've got on top of that.

0:29:490:29:52

JJ's relocated from where we landed a bit closer.

0:29:520:29:57

Couldn't get too close. There are horses about.

0:29:570:30:00

Our plan is to get Michelle on the land ambulance, to the helicopter.

0:30:000:30:05

We've pre-alerted the hospital. Then we'll get away.

0:30:050:30:09

'Michelle is now just minutes away from hospital,

0:30:090:30:14

'but will takes months to recover.'

0:30:140:30:17

She's doing pretty well.

0:30:170:30:19

She seems quite stable. The traction splint worked a treat.

0:30:190:30:25

Don't need to give her any more pain relief.

0:30:260:30:29

She's saying she's got no pain now so a nice smooth flight to hospital.

0:30:290:30:34

The roads round here into Harrogate aren't the nicest, are quite bumpy.

0:30:340:30:40

As you can see, she's having a little a rest now.

0:30:400:30:43

'If Michelle had been rescued by helicopter in America, it could have cost her thousands.

0:30:430:30:49

'Here it's free, paid for by charitable donations.

0:30:490:30:53

'Thanks to the paramedics of Helimed 99, she's in safe hands.

0:30:530:30:58

'Michelle had to put her plans to become a riding instructor on hold.

0:30:580:31:02

'The femur is our largest bone

0:31:020:31:05

'and Michelle's is held together with plates and pins.

0:31:050:31:09

'But she's determined to get back to the sport she loves.'

0:31:090:31:13

Every year, around a dozen riders are killed in equestrian events.

0:31:130:31:18

It's not hard to see why. Fences can top six feet.

0:31:180:31:22

The animals themselves could crush a rider.

0:31:220:31:25

'This is Allerton Park, Harrogate, a famous showjumping estate

0:31:250:31:30

'with six-foot fences that test even the most talented of riders.

0:31:300:31:35

'This young jockey's been injured and she wasn't even riding.

0:31:350:31:39

'Lee Davison and Tony Wilkes are no strangers to injured horse riders.

0:31:390:31:44

'Showjumping events are different. The horses are bigger.

0:31:440:31:48

'The fences are higher and injuries usually more severe.'

0:31:480:31:52

Looks like the casualty's on the right there.

0:31:520:31:57

If we land near the lake, we'll be well away from the event.

0:31:570:32:01

Clear to the right. Clear of the bushes. Tail is clear.

0:32:010:32:05

'Horses are easily spooked

0:32:050:32:07

'so landing a noisy helicopter in a showjumping arena isn't easy.

0:32:070:32:13

'Pilot Andy Figg gets them down safely.'

0:32:130:32:17

You're not allergic to any medications?

0:32:170:32:21

You've not bumped your head? Your breathing's fine?

0:32:210:32:25

Can I pop this boot off?

0:32:250:32:27

'This is an unusual accident because 19-year-old Coral Mowbray

0:32:270:32:33

'wasn't riding when the accident happened.

0:32:330:32:36

'She was walking her horse to the stable when it fell onto her.'

0:32:360:32:40

Tell me where it hurts. Is your knee OK?

0:32:400:32:44

Is that OK? It hurts there?

0:32:440:32:47

'With the horse weighing in at nearly half a ton,

0:32:470:32:52

'it's no surprise she got a nasty leg injury.'

0:32:520:32:55

'We're in quite an isolated area.

0:32:550:32:58

'Because of the time it'll take the land crew,'

0:32:580:33:01

we're going to pop this lady on and just take her over to Harrogate.

0:33:010:33:06

'That's the plan, but Coral has other ideas.'

0:33:060:33:10

I don't want to go to hospital. I want to go home.

0:33:100:33:14

You want to go home?

0:33:140:33:16

-Thing is, this will need an X-ray.

-No! I don't want one!

0:33:160:33:21

'Coral is about to go on holiday and doesn't want to go to hospital in case they stop her jetting off.

0:33:210:33:28

'Tony and Lee know that if fractures are left untreated, it can lead to serious complications.'

0:33:280:33:36

-A quick flight with us, get you X-rayed...

-I don't want to!

0:33:360:33:40

Just have it checked, Coral. It's fine. I just want to go!

0:33:400:33:45

-I want to go on holiday.

-But you can't leave it if it's fractured.

0:33:450:33:50

That's the thing. You've got to take care of yourself first of all.

0:33:500:33:54

'They can't force Coral to go to hospital but Lee's persuasion finally pays off.'

0:33:540:34:01

We're going to get a board to put you on. It's a five-minute flight.

0:34:010:34:06

Get it checked over and if it's not fractured you'll be on your way home before you know it.

0:34:060:34:13

It's an isolated injury so there's no panic. Just load her on and fly her over to Harrogate.

0:34:130:34:19

'Coral's looking forward to a bit of relaxation

0:34:190:34:22

'so she probably doesn't realise how lucky she's been.

0:34:220:34:26

'Tony and Lee know that any accident involving a rider crushed by a horse is usually very serious.

0:34:260:34:33

'While her compatriots carry on tackling the jumps,

0:34:330:34:37

'Coral should be just a quick X-ray away from her holiday.

0:34:370:34:41

'Although there's no room for Mum,

0:34:410:34:43

'Lee lives down the road and passes on some local knowledge.'

0:34:430:34:47

Across the A1 towards Harrogate.

0:34:470:34:50

-Big sign for the hospital. Have you been to the showground?

-Yes.

0:34:500:34:54

Past the showground on the righthand side.

0:34:540:34:57

'I'm pleased to say that Coral's leg wasn't broken.

0:34:570:35:01

'After a quick check-up in hospital, she was allowed to go on holiday.'

0:35:010:35:06

When you see a horse, it's not hard to see the appeal of the sport.

0:35:070:35:12

The best riders can almost control their mounts by instinct.

0:35:120:35:16

Even the most experienced horse men and women can get it wrong.

0:35:160:35:20

'Showjumping arenas are not just in the countryside.

0:35:200:35:24

'The Helimed team's soaring over Castleford and West Yorkshire

0:35:240:35:28

'on their way to another injured rider.

0:35:280:35:31

'Amy Holdsworth has been thrown off her horse while jumping a fence over five feet high.'

0:35:310:35:38

Hiya, all right?

0:35:380:35:40

This young lady's Amy.

0:35:400:35:42

She's been doing her jumps, come off a 15-hand horse...

0:35:420:35:46

'Amy has landed awkwardly and is still lying face down in the dirt.

0:35:460:35:51

'These arenas are on soft ground to try to prevent serious injuries,

0:35:510:35:56

'but Amy has some worrying symptoms.'

0:35:560:35:59

No C spine. Right hip shooting pain into her legs.

0:35:590:36:02

We're going to give her some morphine.

0:36:020:36:05

'Lee's worried about her neck, spine and pelvis.'

0:36:050:36:09

Had your helmet on, did you?

0:36:090:36:11

Good lass. Have you got a back protector? No.

0:36:110:36:15

'Morphine is the strongest painkiller the paramedics carry.

0:36:150:36:20

'It's done little to help Amy.'

0:36:200:36:22

-And move...

-SHE CRIES OUT

0:36:220:36:25

'With Amy lying on her front, immobilising her is not easy

0:36:250:36:30

'but its essential to prevent making any injuries worse.'

0:36:300:36:34

Anybody got a tissue? Can you dab her eye? Her eyes are watering.

0:36:340:36:39

'Competitive show-jumpers ride against the clock.

0:36:390:36:42

'That's when most accidents happen.

0:36:420:36:45

'Amy's a promising rider and has been pushing herself and her horse.

0:36:450:36:50

'This is a massive set-back for her training.'

0:36:500:36:53

We managed to get her from the position she was in.

0:36:530:36:57

She was complaining quite a lot of pain.

0:36:570:37:00

We've got her onto the board and given a bit more pain relief.

0:37:000:37:05

Mum's flying with us.

0:37:050:37:07

We're going to whip her to Wakefield and let them have a look at her.

0:37:070:37:12

She'd have been in for a prize today. This isn't much of a prize.

0:37:120:37:17

'Mum Sheila has encouraged her daughter's riding

0:37:170:37:21

'and watched in horror as Amy fell.'

0:37:210:37:25

She got into the jump-off so she wanted to get a good time.

0:37:250:37:31

He just didn't jump the fence.

0:37:310:37:33

He reared away. She came off the side.

0:37:330:37:36

I was OK until she didn't move

0:37:360:37:39

when she hit the ground.

0:37:390:37:41

Normally, they jump straight back up again.

0:37:410:37:44

When she didn't move I went to pieces.

0:37:440:37:47

'It's no wonder Amy was in pain. X-rays revealed an unusual injury.

0:37:470:37:52

'Amy broke her coccyx, the tip of her spine.

0:37:520:37:57

'It took a while to heal,

0:37:570:37:59

'but she's back on her mount, ready to tackle the fences once more.'

0:37:590:38:05

All our horsey patients recovered and are back in the saddle.

0:38:050:38:10

Two men that won't be following their dangerous sport

0:38:100:38:14

have a little girl to thank for their decision to give it up.

0:38:140:38:18

'High above the Peak District, a life-or-death race is under way.

0:38:180:38:24

'In the back of Helimed 99 lies a critically injured biker.

0:38:240:38:29

'Paul Davies has a head injury so serious the crew had to anaesthetise him in the middle of the A57.

0:38:290:38:37

'He's arriving at Northern General, where a crash team is waiting.

0:38:370:38:42

'For four days, Paul drifts in and out of consciousness

0:38:420:38:46

'between visits to the operating theatre.

0:38:460:38:50

'It was two weeks before the brothers-in-law were reunited.

0:38:510:38:56

'They used to come to polish their bikes, their pride and joy.

0:38:560:39:01

'Now their riders are recovering from a smash that could have killed both of them.'

0:39:010:39:08

He'd got more polish on that paintwork than paint.

0:39:080:39:12

Must have been an inch layer of polish. Surprised it didn't bounce.

0:39:120:39:17

We were down two or three times a week, polishing it.

0:39:170:39:22

That's all I wanted since being a kid, a bike. It were pride and joy.

0:39:220:39:27

'But Paul's made up his mind his biking days are over.

0:39:270:39:31

'His wife Becky and three-year-old Keira convinced him.'

0:39:310:39:36

I'd rather spend time with Keira than be out on a bike.

0:39:360:39:42

That's a big eye-opener, really,

0:39:420:39:44

knowing that my daughter and my wife could have been without me.

0:39:440:39:49

Big eye-opener.

0:39:490:39:51

We were just out enjoying ourselves. the weather had come nice.

0:39:510:39:57

Went out to have a ride.

0:39:570:40:00

Over Ladybower way, there's some nice roads and nice views.

0:40:000:40:05

It is beautiful there, if you know the roads, especially.

0:40:050:40:12

Got both bones in me forearm.

0:40:120:40:14

I've had metal plates and bars put in.

0:40:140:40:18

Severe bruising to me leg and bad head injury.

0:40:180:40:22

I were in intensive care for five days.

0:40:220:40:25

Out cold for most of it. Four days, I think I was out.

0:40:250:40:30

So, mucky.

0:40:300:40:32

'Andrew's injuries weren't as serious but he remembers the anguish

0:40:320:40:37

'of thinking his brother-in-law was dead.

0:40:370:40:40

'He won't ride again, either.'

0:40:400:40:42

All I could think were it were my fault.

0:40:420:40:46

I didn't have chance to think.

0:40:460:40:48

All I thought was, "I just hit my brother-in-law.

0:40:480:40:53

"I don't know whether he's dead. I can see he's breathing now."

0:40:530:40:59

To begin with, I thought he was dead. He was not moving.

0:40:590:41:03

With leathers, I couldn't see any breathing.

0:41:030:41:06

I'd have rather it had been me laying on the floor than him.

0:41:060:41:11

But you can't change places with people, can you?

0:41:110:41:15

'The impact had shattered Andrew's foot.

0:41:150:41:19

'It's held together with metal pins.

0:41:190:41:22

'He still managed to get up and help his mate.'

0:41:220:41:26

My first reaction was to run to him.

0:41:260:41:29

Obviously, adrenalin was going so I couldn't feel my foot was broken.

0:41:290:41:33

Ran over and just tried to wake him up.

0:41:330:41:36

I'm a first-aider at work, so I knew I couldn't do anything.

0:41:360:41:41

I weren't allowed to move him.

0:41:410:41:43

'I tried to keep him as still as possible, tried to bring him round by talking to him.'

0:41:430:41:49

I've hurt me foot a bit, that's all.

0:41:490:41:52

I do feel bad. Obviously, he's in a bad way as well, with his foot.

0:41:520:41:57

He's got a smashed-up bike and he didn't before.

0:41:570:42:01

I do feel responsible but maybe if I could remember what happened, I'd feel even worse.

0:42:010:42:07

We're glad we're still here, that's the main thing.

0:42:070:42:11

'When Helicopter Heroes comes back,

0:42:110:42:14

'a major road accident paralyses a village.

0:42:140:42:17

'One victim can only think of others.'

0:42:170:42:20

-How's the other guy?

-He's stuck in the cab.

0:42:200:42:24

'A driver's crushed by his truck.'

0:42:250:42:27

He's been dragged down the road.

0:42:270:42:30

'A little boy falls six foot on a day out at Gran's.'

0:42:310:42:35

Can I have a listen of your tummy?

0:42:350:42:37

'And the unsung heroes who help the Helimed team save lives.'

0:42:390:42:43

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