Drama as player airlifted following injury
A rugby player is recovering after being airlifted to hospital with neck injuries.
Ross Sutherland player Lee McLellan was 77 minutes into the match against Mackie’s FP at the Redcloak pitches in Stonehaven on Saturday when he was hurt.
An air ambulance from Inverness was dispatched and arrived at the scene at about 5.30pm, and flew the 38-year-old, from Invergordon, to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
A spokesman for the club said Mr McLellan had since been discharged from hospital, and was recovering at home.
Stephan Walker said: “We kept him immobilised and wrapped up waiting for an ambulance for an hour and 10 minutes.
“When he saw the helicopter landing, he said – ‘I hope that’s not for me’.”
Mr McLellan said: “After 30 years of playing it’s the first neck injury I’ve ever had. Fingers crossed I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.”
With just three minutes left of the match, it was decided to carry on, but on a different pitch.
The final score was Mackie’s FP 42, Ross Sutherland 19.