Man Cheats Death In Dramatic Rescue

Published: April 2, 2006 | 3901st good news item since 2003

EMERGENCY services from across the county launched a full-scale rescue operation in Padiham on Wednesday when a man became trapped down a 10ft. ditch.

These are the moments when fire-fighters frantically tried to save Mr Stephen Robinson who was trapped face down in the deep and narrow ditch in a field near to Pendle Hall Farm.

Rescue services took three hours to rescue the man as they had to painstakingly dig him out. Fire-fighters described the man’s predicament as “touch and go” during the rescue.

Mr Robinson had been hired by a contractor to lay drainage pipes at the bottom of a ditch.

Such was the complicated nature of the accident, a pump rescue unit, a rope rescue team from Blackpool and Clitheroe, two pumps from Padiham and a major incident support unit from Preston, which carried the shoring-up gear, attended.

Two doctors were also on the scene, as well as ambulance and police, before the North West Air Ambulance arrived to airlift Mr Robinson, who had a suspected broken leg and crush injuries, to the Royal Preston Hospital.

A spokesman for the Royal Preston Hospital described Mr Robinson’s condition as comfortable and stable.

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