Water rescue in Tamworth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 21st June 2021 – 11.05am

Two patients had to be rescued from a river by the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) yesterday, eventually being brought to safety on a raft.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.23pm to reports of two patients who had come into difficulty in the water near to Lichfield Street, Tamworth. As well as HART, one ambulance and two paramedic officers were also deployed to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrive it became evident there were two patients, both male, who had become stranded on a bank on the opposite side of the river.

“Once it became apparent it was not possible to access the patients by foot, members of HART, who are specially trained in water rescue, deployed their raft and brought the patients to safety one at a time.

“One of the men was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital, whilst the second patient was discharged at the scene.”


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  1. Whilst covering yourselves in reflective glory on the same day my 86 year old mother fell and broke her hip in the street in Skegness and desperately needed an ambulance to take her to Skegness hospital 1/2 a mile away as she could not be moved in a car due to a broken hip.
    No response came I had to push her in a hired wheel chair in severe pain to the local hospital. We were called back by the service 5 hours later and offered an ambulance.
    The truth is in her case there is no service to help an elderly person in these circumstances and you will be left in the gutter where you fall to die.
    Clearly this will be deleted because you do not want the public to know the truth so the press will be my next email.

    1. Good morning Michael…
      Apologies, firstly for the slow response and secondly, for the injury that your mother sustained.
      Unfortunately, we don’t cover Skegness, so are not able to comment about what happened.
      That area is covered by East Midlands Ambulance Service – you can contact their patient experience team via these methods: email pals.office@emas.nhs.uk or call 0333 012 4216 (local rate)
      I do hope your mother is recovering.

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