Iona cliff fall sur­vivor re­united with res­cuers

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

A man who fell off a cliff on Iona and was forced to crawl away from the ris­ing tide with bro­ken bones has been re­united with the am­bu­lance crew who helped save him.

Four years af­ter Ged Dun­smore thought he was go­ing to die, the 52-yearold from He­lens­burgh has been speak­ing for the first time about his fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

It was only pure luck that af­ter be­ing stranded in agony for five hours in the re­motest part of the tiny is­land, he was fi­nally spot­ted by an Amer­i­can dog­walker who raised the alarm.

‘I fell 30ft and was in agony. On top of that I could see the sea was com­ing in so had no op­tion but to crawl to safety. I thought I was go­ing to die. The Amer­i­can guy, who I’ve never seen emer­gency Dun­smore.

Now Mr Dun­smore has met up with the Am­bu­lance Ser­vice’s air crew, Julie Cath­cart and Daniel Kerr, in­volved in his res­cue and hopes at last to track down his Amer­i­can good Sa­mar­i­tan. since, call,’ made said an Mr

Mr Dun­smore, who is vis­ually im­paired, had been tak­ing a pho­to­graph at the time he fell, land­ing on his left side break­ing his pelvis, three ribs and col­lar­bone. He also had a punc­tured lung.

‘I could not stand up and I was con­cerned about the wa­ter com­ing. There was no one else near. It was a cor­ri­dor beach, with cliffs on ei­ther side. For what­ever rea­son, I tried to make my way to the safe side of the beach. I did this on my knees – it was very painful. By the time I got to the other side, I was ex­hausted.

‘I got to a point when I thought, I’m done. I can­not do any more. I had my peace with the world. I did not think I would make it. I was on the beach on my own and I ac­cepted it,’ he said.

Some­time later he sud­denly saw a pair of legs at his side. It was the Amer­i­can who made the emer­gency call. Mr Dun­smore spent two weeks in hos­pi­tal; for the first seven days he was in in­ten­sive care.

He said his main in­cen­tive to get bet­ter was the thought of miss­ing a Billy Con­nolly gig.

Af­ter his re­cent meet­ing with his res­cuers, Mr Dun­smore said: ‘There’s not a day goes by where I don’t think, if not for their in­ter­ven­tion, I would not be here to­day. They saved my life that day.’

Mr Kerr, a Scot­tish Am­bu­lance team leader, said Mr Dun­smore’s res­cue was a com­plex in­ci­dent from a clin­i­cal and avi­a­tion point of view.

He said: ‘It was bril­liant meet­ing up with Ged. What was mirac­u­lous about it was the fact some­one else was walk­ing their dog where no one else ever goes,’ he said.

Ged Dun­smore with the Am­bu­lance Ser­vice’s air crew Julie Cath­cart and Daniel Kerr and, top right, Ged on Iona af­ter re­cov­er­ing from his 2014 or­deal.

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