10th Dec, 2016

Rainy conditions lead to two women breaking ankles in same wood

Stratford Editorial 4th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

RAINY conditions on bank holiday Monday lead to two people falling and breaking their ankles in the same wood.

Paramedics were called to Bluebell Woods off Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen at around 2pm after a woman in her 50s fractured and dislocated her ankle.

She was quite far from the nearest road and on a steep embankment, leading to ambulance services calling for help from the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Together the teams lifted the woman up the slope before taking her to a waiting 4×4 ambulance.

While they were working on the rescue they were called to a second woman just five minutes walk away who had also fallen and broken her ankle.

Due to the bad weather and ground conditions the team used a specialist 6×6 rescue vehicle to reach the woman.

A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Once again, the value of having a 4×4 ambulance has proved its worth. Being able to get that far into the woods would have been impossible in a normal vehicle.

However, even it would have struggled to get to the second patient. Thankfully it was no issue for the 6×6 so we didn’t have to manually carry her out.”