Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Dramatic rescue in Hooe

Firefighters rescued a woman at the weekend in Hooe after her car left the road and fell down the side of an embankment.

Fire crews from Hastings, Crowborough, Bexhill and Pevensey attended, along with the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) from Eastbourne, the Technical Rescue Unit from Battle, Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance.

Specialist equipment was used to stabilise the vehicle after which the ALP was used to lift her to safety. Crews then assisted paramedics in getting the casualty into the air ambulance, before she was flown to hospital.

The incident took place on Saturday (3rd November) at 9.21am at the fork in the road near the Lamb Inn, in Hooe.

Incident Commander Greg Lee praised the work of both the fire crews and the other emergency services who he said pulled together fantastically.

He said: “This was a very tricky extrication where crews worked extremely hard at the scene, in difficult conditions, to remove the roof of the car, which fell on its side.

“The team did a great job cutting her free, with the help of the Technical Rescue Unit, whilst working very closely with the paramedics. Because the vehicle was on its side the potential to rock around was considerable and the TRU team successfully stabilised the vehicle.

“Eastbourne’s ALP was then used as a rescue platform and the cage lowered down and the stretcher placed inside it. The casualty was then lifted to road level where she was transferred to the Air Ambulance. The ALP is a wonderful piece of equipment which can be used above and below ground level.

“Both Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance were fantastic and everyone worked together to bring this to a successful conclusion.”

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