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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Coastguard helicopter assists Essex Ambulance Service in recovery of injured man

News   •   Dec 07, 2009 11:54 GMT

At half past eleven this morning, the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R104 from Lee on Solent was requested by the Essex Ambulance to assist them in the recovery of an injured man from Purfleet Docks in London. The man was injured after falling from height onto the quayside.

The request was made by the Ambulance service to the RAF at ARCC Kinloss, who decided that the Coastguard helicopter was the best placed resource to use as the man needed to be winched out from the location he was in.

Solent and Thames MRCC assisted London Coastguard in the coordination of this incident and Gravesend RNLI lifeboat crew were able to assist land based colleagues from Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Ambulance. They also were able to provide a valuable communications link direct to the helicopter.

Southend Coastguard rescue team were also called out to man the landing site at Southend Airport where the man was evacuated to suffering from a dislocated shoulder and chest pains.

Steve Carson, Watch Manager, London Coastguard said:

We were pleased to be able to assist our partner emergency services in this way.

Close co-operation between Emergency services is very important in providing the best possible care for the patient in times when they need it most.

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