Beach drama for air ambulance

By a County Press reporter

Monday, April 16, 2012


Beach drama for air ambulance

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which made a dramatic landing at Ventnor on Sunday

UPDATED 11:03*

A DRAMATIC beach landing was made by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance yesterday (Sunday).

Witnesses looked on as the helicopter landed at Ventnor beach and then moved on to the esplanade.

The air ambulance was called to assist following a report of a man with chest pains, according to Isle of Wight NHS.

The man was eventually taken to St Mary's Hospital by road, however. Further details of his condition were not available according to a St Mary's Hospital spokeswoman this morning (Monday).

*Witness Sandra Jackson said: "After a short walk along Ventnor promenade, at 11.20am we were eating our sandwiches on top of Ventnor Sea front tower, when we noticed a helicopter circling above us.

"To our amazement the air ambulance landed on the beach. When the area had been cleared by police, the helicopter then parked on the cement by the tower."

chopper landing

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance at Ventnor Beach.

The air ambulance on Ventnor beach. Pictures by Bruce Buckland.



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by Lisa Cumming

16th April 2012, at 16:06:08

I would like to say a big thank you to the emergency services who looked after mum after she was taken ill on the front. They were very kind and did a great job. Mum felt very guilty about the air ambulance being called out to her but praise all around!

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by Lisa Cumming

16th April 2012, at 16:01:46

It wasn't a man wo was poorly, it was my mum. The air ambulance tried to land on the beach but the sand was too soft so it ended up having to land on the concrete steps.
Mum ended up being taken to St. Marys by regular ambulance and was released later that day after an array of tests were run on her. It is not known what was wrong.

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