Mobility scooters have long been knows as reliable mobility aids to help people with disabilities to get around. However, a Birmingham man out walking in the beautiful Cornish countryside has now added another use for these essential pieces of kit – as a form or rescue vehicle for injured walkers!
Paul Lane, from Bournville in Birmingham, decided to take a lone walk along the remote Poldice Valley near St Day in Cornwall. Unfortunately, Mr Lane slipped and fell suffering a painful fracture to his leg from his fall.
Unable to walk, Mr Lane shouted for help eventually attracting the notice of other visitors to the area – passing by at that time were members of the Disabled Ramblers group, an organisation based in Bristol, who alerted the emergency services right away.
Finding the route to rescue Mr lane impassable for an ambulance, the quick thinking medical team decided to transport the injured walker from the valley to safety by using the mobility scooter pulling a trailer. Mr Lane was transported safely from the fall site and then was able to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
Paul Lane was walking his friend’s dog along a remote part of a the valley by the old mines when he slipped and fell over. He was visiting Cornwall for two weeks while taking care of his friend’s dog at the time.
Mr Lane said in an interview with local press, “It started to rain so I took a track along to the right underneath the trees, slipped over, and couldn’t walk. I got up, tried to crawl down the track to the main track and couldn’t do it, so I was sat there for about 15 minutes.”
After deciding to call out for help a few times, Mr Lane heard someone reply, and it was the group of friends from the Disabled Ramblers who happened to be passing by at that time.
Mr Lane went on to say: “Luckily, they had mobility scooters and trailers. They called an ambulance, but obviously they couldn’t find us.”
Leaving the ambulance behind, the paramedics eventually came across Mr Lane, but were unable to safely transport him from the area without help. An air ambulance was called, but due to the foggy conditions, the air ambulance was unable to attend.
The only option that was left open to the rescue team was to use one of the Disabled Ramblers groups mobility scooter and trailer combination to safely move Mr Lane out of the valley.
Mr Lane added: “It was about two and a half hours before they got me down. It’s definitely different!”
Although the rescue scenario sounds like it was lifted straight from the pages of a TV soap opera or TV medical drama, a rescue by mobility scooter is certainly something that hasn’t been reported before.
Luckily, everything turned out well for Mr Lane and after some treatment in hospital for his broken leg, he is now safely recovering at home back in Bournville.
The group that helped to rescue Mr Lane, the Disabled Ramblers group, aims to encourage more mobility-challenged people out into the countryside.