Colchester: Air ambulance lands in elephant enclosure

An air ambulance

An air ambulance - Credit: Archant

A 19-year-old was taken to hospital after falling ill at Colchester zoo.

Visitors watched as Essex Air Ambulance landed in the elephant enclosure at 11.19am this morning.

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said the teenager had reported breathing difficulties and airborne paramedics were called as a precaution.

The woman, who is said to have fallen unconscious, was taken to Colchester General Hospital by road.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said: “Landing at the zoo was one of the more unusual places that the aircrew have needed to go.

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“The pilots follow strict landing protocol for any site, and this incident involved working closely with zoo staff to ensure the animals and visitors would not have been adversely affected.”

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