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Rider falls prompt three air rescues in a day

Paramedics prepare for a mission. Photo: Britain's Air Ambulance Service

Paramedics prepare for a mission. © Britain’s Air Ambulance Service

Three horse riders were airlifted to hospital following separate falls in Northamptonshire, England, on Saturday.

In the first incident, a 44-year old male was flown to hospital after falling from his horse in a field near Brackley.

The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was called to the incident around at 11.50am and arrived within 15 minutes.

It described the scene as being in a remote location and in difficult terrain.

The victim, who had chest injuries, was given pain relief and carefully immobilised before being placed on board the helicopter.

He was flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for further treatment.

The other two rescues resulted in the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance being called out to Northamptonshire accidents.

The first involved a 39-year old woman who was unseated from her horse at stables in Cottesbrooke.

The patient, who works in the stable yard, sustained back, chest and pelvic injuries in the fall.

The rescue chopper left its East Midlands Airport shortly after 12.45pm and landed in the field next to the patient 20 minutes later.

The crew treated the patient for her injuries, gave her pain relief and immobilised her before flying her to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire.

Later in the afternoon, the service was called to a 25-year old woman who fell from her horse in a field in Woodford Halse.

The crew landed at the scene shortly before 4pm and treated her for back and pelvic injuries.

She was given a pelvic binder and given pain relief. She was then immobilised and flown to the same trauma centre for further treatment.

The two helicopter emergency medical services, which are sister organisations, collectively attend an average of six rescue missions a day, at an average cost of £1700 each.

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