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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 September, 2004, 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK
In pictures: Severn Crossing rescue
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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Fire crews and paramedics were called in on Thursday to rescue a workman who had fallen down a shaft inside the Second Severn Crossing
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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The man, aged 60, was seriously hurt when he fell 18-20ft from a ladder, becoming trapped in one of the bridge's concrete supports
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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To get to him, paramedics had to take a lift 80ft down inside the structure, before walking half a mile along a catwalk 150ft above the waters of the Severn Estuary. Lifeboats were on standby nearby, just in case
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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Several paramedics then had to climb down into the enclosed area where the man had fallen
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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He had suffered head and back injuries, and a dislocated fracture of the ankle which had to be reset before he could be moved
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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Once this was done, the patient was strapped to a harness and lifted vertically back up the shaft he had fallen down
Avon Ambulance personnel rescuing a man from the inside of the Second Severn Crossing
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Finally, he was carried back along the catwalk and taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol for treatment. Pictures from Avon Ambulance Service



SEE ALSO:
Worker falls from Severn Crossing
02 Sep 04  |  Bristol


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