East Anglia: Man rescued from 90ft up church tower

AMBULANCE crews treated a man 90ft up a church tower before helping to bring him to safety.

Local East of England Ambulance Service crews and members of its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were called to Yarmouth Minster on Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth, at 9.32am and the first paramedic arrived at 9.40am.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, had fallen from scaffolding three feet to a lower part of the tower, ending 90ft up with chest bruising from the fall.

Ambulance clinicians, including the cycle response paramedic, who was first on scene, worked with HART members to treat the man in situ before bringing him to safety with the help of fire crews.

The air ambulance was also called but at 12.32pm the patient, who was fully conscious and breathing normally, was taken by land to James Paget University Hospital, arriving at 12.38pm.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said: “This was a very complicated operation due to the difficult location but our crews worked fantastically well with the other emergency services for the benefit of the patient, making sure he was well looked after throughout and treated by paramedics in situ before being carefully brought to safety so that treatment could continue at hospital.

“We wish him the best for a full recovery.”

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