Tuesday 8th August 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.
A man who had to cut himself free after a falling tree landed on him has escaped serious injury in Worcestershire this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an area of woodland near to Stud Lane, Abberley, Worcester at 12.50pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a local Community First Responder (CFR) from Eardiston, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they were greeted by friends of the man at a rendezvous point on Stud Lane who used their own 4×4 vehicle to take the team into the woods. The man was approximately a mile away from the property which was treacherous underfoot and inaccessible by ambulance.
“Once with the patient, ambulance staff found a man who had been pinned underneath a tree by his legs. Luckily, the man had managed to use his chainsaw to cut the tree into pieces to release himself. The man, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing and had sustained leg injuries. He was given pain relief to help ease his discomfort before the team worked to immobilised him with a multi-integrated body-splint stretcher which is made of tough fabric and has carry handles to help lift and move a patient.
“The team carried the man up an embankment to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed nearby, before he was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
“Given the nature of the incident, the man was incredibly lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.”