Busy Easter Weekend for Cornwall Air Ambulance

The crew of the Cornwall Air Ambulance had a busy Easter weekend across the county, responding to 14 missions over the bank holiday period.

The busiest day for crews was Easter Monday, when five missions were flown in one day.

A range of incidents were attended across the county, including three Road Traffic Collisions and three sporting injuries, of which two were as a result of equestrian accidents.

On Good Friday the air ambulance was tasked to two incidents in the St Just area of Penwith, including a road traffic collision involving a motorcyclist who sustained head and back injuries. He was treated on scene before being airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at Derriford Hospital.

On Saturday of the bank holiday weekend, the air ambulance was tasked to four serious incidents across the county, including a child trapped in a car following a serious road traffic collision near St Newlyn East. The child was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

Easter Sunday saw three incidents attended by Cornwall Air Ambulance crews, including a man suffering chest and pelvic injuries after being crushed by a cow near Bodmin. The air ambulance was also tasked to the Isles of Scilly to a patient requiring medical evacuation for serious abdominal pains.

The air ambulance returned to the islands on Easter Monday to evacuate a patient suffering Angina from Tresco to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Five other rescue missions were flown on Easter Monday, including to attend to a lady injured in a horseriding accident near Redruth and a teenager injured at a banger race near Launceston.

Across the county, Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to assist four children and teenagers over the Easter weekend.

Tom Matthews, Cornwall Air Ambulance spokesman, said: “Across the year, Cornwall Air Ambulance flies an average of two missions every day of the year.

“However, we usually see a surge in rescue missions flown over bank holiday and summer holiday periods when the population of the county increases dramatically.

“The range of incidents and patients attended over the bank holiday weekend show that Cornwall Air Ambulance really is there for anybody who needs it – young or old, visitor or local.

“Our thoughts are with all those patients helped by the air ambulance over the Easter weekend, as well as their friends and families.

“Of course we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports us and keeps Cornwall Air Ambulance flying.

Cornwall Air Ambulance has already flown 163 missions so far in 2015.

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