Training kicks in as man’s life is saved by cor­po­rals

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Cor­po­rals David Bre­vitt, Lee Cup­ples and Dale Had­field were lead­ing a teach­ing ex­er­cise at Barossa Training Area when they stum­bled across Steve Ish­er­wood on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19.

Mr Ish­er­wood has been walk­ing his dog near the Royal Mil­i­tary Academy Sand­hurst when he col­lapsed and be­came “com­pletely un­re­spon­sive”.

The cor­po­rals, who were lead­ing new re­cruits from 96 Duke of Glouces­ter Squadron, im­me­di­ately called emer­gency ser­vices when they found Mr Ish- er­wood, who was “clearly in des­per­ate need of ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion”.

It did not take long for the sol­diers’ mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence to kick in though, and af­ter re­al­is­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion they placed Mr Ish­er­wood into one of their sleep­ing bags and un­der a pon­cho to make a makeshift tent.

The trio then sent back the grid ref­er­ence of their lo­ca­tion to en­sure paramedics could quickly find them, be­fore es­cort­ing the am­bu­lance to the pa­tient.

Mr Ish­er­wood, who pre­vi­ously served in the Royal Army Den­tal Corps, was rushed to Frim­ley Park Hospi­tal where he re­mained for sev­eral days for treat­ment.

The for­mer sol­dier said: “It was rain­ing and very cold that day. I think I was suf­fer­ing from the early stages of hy­pother­mia.”

He con­tin­ued: “I am pro­foundly grate­ful for the ex­em­plary way the three sol­diers han­dled such a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion that could have been a lot worse. It would be fair to say they man­aged to pre­vent it be­com­ing a lifethreat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion.”

Ma­jor Pierre Goate, Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing 96 Squadron, added: “The com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween those out in the field and the staff run­ning the in­ci­dent con­trol point back at base was fan­tas­tic.

“The quick ac­tions of the three cor­po­rals in com­mand­ing the sit­u­a­tion were su­perb.”

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