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Youngsters to the rescue after park accident

YOUNG people came to the rescue of a man who had fractured his leg in the middle of Sheldon Country Park.

YOUNG people came to the rescue of a man who had fractured his leg in the middle of Sheldon Country Park.

The walker, believed to be in his thirties, had been injured in an isolated part of the nature reserve.

He was also suffering chest pains and though he’d dialled 999, paramedics were struggling to find him in the 300 acre public amenity.

Bickenhill councillor Bob Sleigh had discovered him by the river-bank on Saturday afternoon.

With the ambulance service unable to find them, two groups of passing youngsters volunteered to help.

They pedalled their bikes to the park entrances, in Holly Lane and Elmdon Lane, and from there led paramedics to the scene.

Coun Sleigh said: “These young people should really be applauded for their actions.

“One group, on their chopper bikes, couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11-years-old - but they weren’t fazed at all.

“The paramedics were having real problems finding this man, so the young boys split up to look out for them.”

One of the bikes was used to prop up the man’s leg - which paramedics believe was fractured.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said they’d received a call at 2.20pm.

The man was taken to Heartlands Hospital for treatment.

 

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