Responder helps save river man
A volunteer Emergency
Responder in Bristol was the first on the
scene to treat a man who had fallen into the River
Avon off of Coronation Road.
Mark Allen, a member of the St John Ambulance Rapid Response
team, attended to the 999 call on behalf of the Great Western
Ambulance Service, and arrived at the scene within
minutes to find the casualty still struggling in
Mark said: 'I was amazed to see a man in the water. He was
fighting to stay above the water surface. Together with the fire
service we were able to ensure he was brought to safety.'
Once the fire crew had rescued the man
from the water Mark helped move the man on to a stretcher and
wrapped him in a Mediwrap blanket to keep him warm.
The patient was then transported to Bristol Royal Infirmary for
Jeremy Hughes, Commissioner Operations and Membership for St
John Ambulance in Avon said: 'Our Emergency Responder handled the
situation very well. Their fast response, with an early update on
the exact location to the control centre were critical factors in
ensuring a positive outcome for the casualty.
'We provide regular 999 support to the Ambulance Service on a
weekly basis and our team are trained to deal with these types of
emergency situations. I am pleased we were able to help.'