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It just goes to show you: any one can need the services of air medical crews — even air medical crews themselves.

An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene of a bicycle accident near the town of Pickering. The two cyclists involved in the accident were part of a seven-person group cycling across the United Kingdom for charity.

When the crew got off the helicopter, they found that the two injured accident victims were actually members of an air ambulance crew themselves.

The two injured flight medics, a man and a woman, are members of a medical crew for a different air ambulance service. They had been taking part in a fundraising “Coast 2 Coast” bicycle ride for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust when their bikes collided. The two medics suffered serious injuries.

The flight medics were first treated by paramedics from a ground ambulance. They received further treatment at the scene by a flight physician and flight medic from the air ambulance before being transported by air to a hospital in Middlesbrough.

A spokesperson for Great North Air Ambulance said that both patients were in stable condition before they were flown to the hospital.

There were seven people from the air ambulance service who were taking part in the Coast 2 Coast ride, including medical crew and staff members alike. By undertaking the 230-mile trip, they were helping to raise both essential funding for and awareness of the work that the air medical services provide.

The Trust is currently trying to reach a target of 2,000GBP (~3200USD), the approximate cost of a single air ambulance mission.

The Coast 2 Coast team set off from Whitehaven last Tuesday and were cycling to Scarborough — again, a 230 mile cross-country journey. They were only a rough 15-20 miles from Scarborough when the accident occurred near Rosedale Abbey, north of Pickering.

We wish the two injured flight medics the best recovery from their injuries, which they sustained raising awareness for a very worthy cause.

Click here to donate to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

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Discussion
  1. Forest Pennington

    10 / 8 / 2012 2:16 pm

    This article highlights the wonderful potential of air ambulances, but also the practical challenges facing the industry. $3200 is very expensive. I believe a typical traditional ambulance is about $500. However, where it is difficult or impossible to get to the scene by road, the added cost would not matter. An example would be someone lost in the forest. At present, in the USA, we use helicopter rescue for this sort of situation.

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  2. Sara B

    10 / 8 / 2012 7:21 pm

    The air ambulance charity mentioned above sounds wonderful. I checked out their website ( http://www.tvacaa.org/ ) and learned they undertake 19,000 missions annually! They can be airborne is as little as three minutes and fly to the scene at a top speed of 150 mph. 50% of the missions are traffic accidents. Please consider supporting this vital public service unit!

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