Rope res­cue team in bridge fall SOS

EK fire­fight­ers haul woman to safety

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea O’Neill

Fire­fight­ers from East Kil­bride staged a dar­ing res­cue when a young woman fell 20ft from a bridge.

The rope res­cue unit were alerted to the tense scene at Glas­gow’s Clyde Street bridge last Tues­day af­ter­noon.

A 25-year-old woman was ly­ing un­con­scious on an em­bank­ment at the edge of the River Clyde with sus­pected neck and back in­juries.

Us­ing a spe­cial­ist Larkin frame and res­cue stretcher, the lo­cal crew of eight took just over half-an-hour to reach the ca­su­alty and haul her to safety in what has been de­scribed as a “dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated” op­er­a­tion.

She was checked over by paramedics at the scene and taken to Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary where she was treated for non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

East Kil­bride fire chief Ed­die Kelly told the News: “The rope res­cue team were called out to as­sist the Cal­ton fire ser­vice at Clyde Street Bridge at around 3.45pm on Tues­day, May 8.

“Ini­tially we thought it was a wa­ter res­cue but when we ar­rived the fe­male was ly­ing on the em­bank­ment, twitch­ing and un­con­scious.

“Due to the lim­ited ac­cess and sus­pected neck and back in­juries, the rope res­cue team set up a haulage sys­tem us­ing a Larkin frame and res­cue stretcher.

“The ca­su­alty was un­re­spon­sive and was taken to the Royal In­fir­mary with sus­pected neck and back in­juries that were not ex­pected to be lifethreat­en­ing.”

He added: “This was quite a dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated res­cue due to the lim­ited ac­cess but the res­cue was suc­cess­ful.”

Del­i­cate op­er­a­tion The young woman had fallen 20ft and needed to be res­cued

An­swer­ing cal­lEast Kil­bride’s rope res­cue team get to work at Glas­gow’s Clyde Street bridge

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