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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Coastguards assist ambulance crews in snowy conditions

Press Release   •   Dec 22, 2009 15:56 GMT

Coastguards were out assisting other emergency services last night in extremely snowy and hazardous conditions in mid Hampshire when the amount of emergency calls from the public reached very high levels.

Various road traffic accidents (RTAs) caused by the weather conditions in Stanmore Lane in Winchester coupled with various individuals having fallen on snow and ice injuring themselves, some more serious than others, meant the Southampton based Coastguard Rescue Team turning out in their 4x4 vehicle to lend assistance.

The team were then diverted to lend assistance to someone having a heart attack; a female undergoing the first stages of labour; further RTAs and general assistance in the area to stranded and hurt individuals.

Norman Smee, Coastal Safety Manager said

“We were very pleased to assist South Central Ambulance Service in very challenging conditions. The circumstances proved the effectiveness of both the training the Coastguard Rescue Officers receive and the close cooperation we have the other emergency services.

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