Base Jumper Incident Tamworth

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Sunday 4th January 2015 – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A ‘base jumper’ has escaped serious injury after his parachute failed to fully deploy as he fell from a telecommunications mast near Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it attended a location near a transmitting station off Watling Street, Hints near Tamworth at just after 8.30am.

One ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response car and BASICS doctor were sent to the scene. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man had been injured after his parachute failed to fully deploy following reports of a base jump attempt from a telecommunications mast.

“The man in his thirties was fortunate to escaped serious injury after he reportedly fell over 300 feet. He was treated for a pelvic injury at the scene.

“Medics stabilised his condition with the use of pain relief and he was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

 

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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