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Camper is rescued from woods ordeal

A MIDDLE-aged man who got lost in the woods and began to suffer chest pains had to use his torch to signal the paramedics sent to find him.

A MIDDLE-aged man who got lost in the woods and began to suffer chest pains had to use his torch to signal the paramedics sent to find him.

The 49-year-old had dialed 999 in the early hours of Thursday morning. He had been camped in the Catherine-de-Barnes area when he began to feel unwell.

“I need help, but I don’t know where I am,” he told the operator.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The caller said he had walked for approximately half an hour through woods but remembered being near a canal tow path.

“The call handler spent a considerable period talking to the patient trying to get details of the area that he was in and asking about any landmarks he remembered. He did have a torch with him and he was asked to shine it periodically as the ambulance staff searched for him in the woods.”

It took about 50 minutes for the paramedics to track down the man. Although he did not appear to have suffered a heart attack, he did need hospital treatment and the crew now faced a fresh challenge - how to get the patient back to the ambulance.

The paramedics liaised with colleagues who were in 4x4s. The vehicles were driven across three muddy fields and were able to take the camper back to the ambulance.

He was then driven to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Considering where the man was and the difficulty of finding him, the whole team from call handlers to ambulance crews, did an excellent job getting the man to hospital so quickly,” added the ambulance spokesman.

 

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