Teenager airlifted from canalside

Friday 11th April 2014 – 7pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.


West Midlands Ambulance service worked closely in connection with the fire service to rescue a teenage boy from the side of the Trent and Mersey canal in Stoke on Trent earlier this afternoon.

After receiving a call at 3.55pm, West Midlands Ambulance service sent an ambulance, two paramedic support officers, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene, which was near to a canal bridge on the A50, close to Stoke City Football Club’s home ground.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a boy who had come to difficulty whilst trying to retrieve a ball from the side of the canal.

“Due to his location it was difficult to access the patient initially in order to be able to assess and treat him.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service in order to be able to access the patient who had suffered serious leg injuries and a suspected fractured ankle after reportedly colliding with a piece of metal.

“He was given pain relief and had a splint applied before being moved to a safer location from where he was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”


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