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Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

Inspirational: Near-death hot air balloon crash survivor tells her story for the first time

PHOTO CAPTION: Rebecca meets Magpas Dr Rupert Hurry for the first time since the balloon crash on 22nd May 2016

When 22 year old Rebecca Fry (who was living in Norwich at the time) took off in a hot air balloon on a beautiful summers morning in May last year, she felt exhilarated and ready to take in the stunning Northamptonshire scenery on high. The last thing Rebecca expected was the horrific, agonising and life-threatening incident that awaited her.

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Surviving sister's brave lifesaving legacy

Surviving sister's brave lifesaving legacy

PHOTO CAPTION: Louise Cade and Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Andy Lindsay talk about road safety at The Duke of Bedford School assembly

It was around 3:30pm on 21st January 1994; Louise Cade and her sister Sally Cade and were coming home on the School bus, on what felt like just another normal school day. At the time, the family were living just outside Thorney near Peterborough. Six year old Sally and eight year old Louise got off the bus and waited for it to pull away.

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Ampthill, elderly man with badly broken leg – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Ampthill, elderly man with badly broken leg – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 1.54am this morning (16th) Magpas Doctor Jono Ritson and Paramedic Alex Pearce arrived in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, via a Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man who had suffered a serious leg injury.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 80’s) who had a badly broken leg. The doctor and paramedic team sedated the patient at the scene (providing him with A&E level care) which allowed them to splint his injury before accompanying him by land ambulance to Bedford Hospital. They monitored his condition and provided the man with advanced pain relief throughout the journey. He was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic team were also in attendance.

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Peterborough, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Peterborough, pedestrian vs car - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene
At 1.05am last night (14th), Magpas Doctor Scott Knapp and Paramedic Keir Rutherford arrived in Peterborough via a Magpas rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man injured in a collision with a car.
 
The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 50s) who had sustained a leg injury. They provided him with pain relief before accompanying him by land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital. He was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.
 
Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue were also in attendance.
 
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At 1.05am last night (14th), Magpas Doctor Scott Knapp and Paramedic Keir Rutherford arrived in Peterborough via a Magpas rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a man injured in a collision with a car.
The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 50s) who had sustained a leg injury. They provided him with pain relief before accompanying him by land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital. He was in a stable condition upon arrival at hospital.
Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue were also in attendance.
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Downham Market, woman suffers suspected stroke – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Downham Market, woman suffers suspected stroke – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 12.14pm this afternoon (8th) Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedics Alex Pearce and Dan Cody landed in Downham Market, Norfolk via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew to a woman who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 60’s) who was critically ill. They placed her into a medically induced coma and took control of her breathing at the scene (providing her with A&E level care) before airlifting her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where she was in a critical condition upon arrival.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Pilot Andy Figg and Crewmember Rob Davies.

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Sandy, car collision, man suffers serious injuries – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Sandy, car collision, man suffers serious injuries  – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 3.52pm Saturday afternoon (6th) Magpas Doctor Maria Smith and Paramedic Dan Phillips landed in Sandy via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had suffered very serious injuries in a multi-vehicle collision.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 30’s) who had suffered a severe leg injury. They gave the man advanced pain relief and sedated him at the scene (providing him with A&E level care) before accompanying him to Bedford Hospital via land ambulance. The patient was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Steve Hunwicks.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Bedfordshire Police were also in attendance.

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Rushden, pedestrian vs car – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Rushden, pedestrian vs car – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 8.41pm Saturday night (6th) Magpas Doctor Scott Knapp and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in Rushden, Northamptonshire via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a collision between a pedestrian and a car.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 20’s) who had sustained head injuries. They gave the man a general anaesthetic, placing him into a medically induced coma at the scene (providing A&E level care), before accompanying the patient to University Hospital Coventry via land ambulance. The man was in a very serious but stable condition upon arrival.

An EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Northamptonshire Police were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Wellingborough, motorcyclist seriously injured – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Wellingborough, motorcyclist seriously injured – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 6.26pm yesterday evening (4th) Magpas Doctor Vijayasankar and Paramedic Alex Pearce landed in a rural location south of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a motorcycle collision.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 20’s) who had suffered multiple injuries, including a serious leg injury. The team sedated the man at the scene (providing him with A&E level care), which allowed them to splint the injury before they accompanied him to University Hospital Coventry via land ambulance. The patient was in a very serious but stable condition upon arrival.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.

An EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Northamptonshire Police were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Peterborough, multi-vehicle collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Peterborough, multi-vehicle collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 8.55pm last night (3rd) Magpas Doctor Mark Tehan and Paramedic Dan Read arrived in Peterborough via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They were called to a multi-vehicle collision which involved six casualties.

The Magpas enhanced medical team worked alongside East Anglian Air Ambulance and an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew to assess all the patients. The Magpas Doctor and Paramedic team proceeded to treat a girl (in her teens) who had suffered a severe leg injury. They sedated her at the scene (providing her with A&E level care) before accompanying her to Peterborough City Hospital. Her condition was monitored all the way and she was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

Cambridgeshire Police and the Fire and Rescue service were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Nr Wisbech, woman seriously injured in fall from horse – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Nr Wisbech, woman seriously injured in fall from horse – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 8.14pm last night (2nd) Magpas Doctor Mark Tehan and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in a rural location just south of Wisbech via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a woman who had been injured in a fall from a horse.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in her 20’s) who had sustained a leg injury. They sedated the woman at the scene (providing her with A&E level care) before accompanying her to Addenbrooke’s Hospital via land ambulance, monitoring her condition all the way. The patient was in a serious but stable condition upon arrival.

An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Bag a bargain! The ever-popular unclaimed luggage sale returns

Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables are hosting an unclaimed luggage sale in aid of Magpas Air Ambulance as part of the charity’s annual Orange Day event. Stansted Airport has donated hundreds of bags, suitcases and holdalls which have been left there by holiday makers, and anyone can come along on Saturday 20th May and bid for a bag.

There will be auctions for medium and large cases; and what’s inside is a surprise. The contents could (quite literally) be pants, but it could be very valuable! It only takes a designer bag, clothes, or a good pair of hair straighteners for you to make a profit from your bid. You can sell your goodies on, keep them for yourself, or donate any unwanted items to the Magpas Air Ambulance charity stall.

The event will run from 10am - 4pm. Auctions for the larger items will be held at 12pm and 2pm and small bags will be available to purchase throughout the day for £5 a pop. The auctions will be held in the Cambs Lock Antiques and Collectables car park and immediately across the road, at the Magpas Air Ambulance Headquarters, crafts and antiques will be on sale. The Magpas charity stall will also be open throughout the day, there will be a tombola for the kids and refreshments will be available to purchase.

All money raised on the day will be donated to Magpas Air Ambulance, so the charity can continue to fund their vital, lifesaving service. It is only through fundraising events such as this and generous public donations that Magpas can continue to bring lifesaving care by land and air, to patients in medical emergencies across the east of England and beyond.

If you’d like to get involved with Orange Day email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01480 371060 (option 2). 

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Nr Sandy, man trapped in car after serious collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Nr Sandy, man trapped in car after serious collision – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 5.30am yesterday morning (1st) Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived near the A1, south of Sandy, via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a serious single vehicle collision and was trapped in a car for a prolonged period of time.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 30’s) who had sustained a leg injury. They provided him with advanced pain relief and made sure he was in a stable condition before an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew took him to Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Bedfordshire Police and the Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance.

We have no further information.

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Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

Towcester, man seriously injured in motorbike incident - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to him

At 5:17pm yesterday evening (28th) Magpas Doctor Saad Jawaid and Paramedic Chris Hawkins landed at the Silverstone Circuit via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been seriously injured following a motorbike road traffic incident in Towcester.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 50’s) who had suffered multiple injuries. They administered advanced pain relief (providing him with A&E level care at the scene), before flying him to Coventry Major Trauma Centre for further treatment. Upon arrival at the hospital, the patient was in a very serious but stable condition.

The helicopter crew who flew the Magpas medical team and patient were Chief Pilot Richard Eastwood and Crewmember Simon Amos.
An EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew and a private ambulance service paramedic crew were also in attendance.

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Sandy, man injured in fall at industrial site – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Sandy, man injured in fall at industrial site – Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 6.55am this morning (25th) Magpas Doctor Andrew Lindsay and Paramedic Dan Read arrived in Sandy via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a fall at an industrial site.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the man (in his 50’s) who was trapped and had fractured his leg. They administered advanced pain relief (providing him with A&E level care at the scene) and worked with the Hazardous Area Response Team to extricate the man. An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew then took him to Bedford Hospital in a stable condition.

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M1 J12-13 Bedfordshire, motorcyclist injured in collision with car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

M1 J12-13 Bedfordshire, motorcyclist injured in collision with car - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 6.37pm this evening (23rd) Magpas Doctor Steve Corry-Bass and Paramedic Simon Standen arrived at the M1 in Bedfordshire between junctions 12-13 via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called by the EEAST Ambulance Service to treat a motorcyclist injured in a collision with a car.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a man (in his 30s) who had sustained a leg injury. They provided him with advanced pain relief at the scene (giving him A&E level care). He was then airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge where he was in a stable condition upon arrival.
 
Bedfordshire Police and the Highways Agency shut the motorway in order to allow the air ambulance to land on the carriageway. 
 
The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Pilot Dan Vickers and Crewmember George Phillips.
 
EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crews and an off-duty EEAST paramedic were also in attendance.
 
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Wisbech, car vs. ditch - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

Wisbech, car vs. ditch - Magpas Air Ambulance called to the scene

At 11.34pm last night (22nd), Magpas Doctor Charlotte Haldan and Paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in Wisbech via a rapid response vehicle. They had been called by EEAST Ambulance Service to treat two men injured when the car they were travelling in left the road and entered a ditch.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed one man (in his 20s) who was trapped inside the vehicle and had sustained a serious leg injury. They provided him with pain relief and assisted the Fire Service in extricating him from the vehicle. They then accompanied him by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.

Another man (in his 30s) was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew.

Cambridgeshire Police were also in attendance.

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Skegness, woman seriously injured in house fire - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

Skegness, woman seriously injured in house fire - Magpas Air Ambulance flies to the scene

At 10.38am this morning (19th) Magpas Doctors Andy Lindsay and Al Steel and Paramedic Ollie Robinson landed in Skegness via the Magpas air ambulance to treat a woman injured in a house fire.

Working closely alongside medics from Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and an EMAS Ambulance Service paramedic crew, the Magpas Air Ambulance enhanced medical team assessed a woman (in her 60s) who was suffering from smoke inhalation. They placed her into an induced coma at the scene (providing her with A&E level care) before airlifting her to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. She was in a critical but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team and patient were Pilot Matt Tacon and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service and Lincolnshire Police were also in attendance.

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Eaton Socon, man falls from height – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

Eaton Socon, man falls from height – Magpas Air Ambulance flies to scene

At 5.49pm (yesterday) Magpas Doctor Richard Booker and Paramedic Chris Hawkins arrived in Eaton Socon via the Magpas Air Ambulance. They had been called to treat a man who had been injured in a fall from a height.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient (in his 60’s) who had sustained an arm injury. They provided the man with pain relief and splinted his injuries so he could be safely transferred to Hinchingbrooke Hospital via land ambulance by the EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew who were also in attendance. He was in a stable condition upon arrival.

The helicopter crew who flew the medical team were Pilot Matt Tacon and Crewmember Lee Kennedy.

We have no further information.

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Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

Nr Bury St Edmunds, car vs fence, tree & telegraph pole - Magpas Air Ambulance called to scene

At 2:35am this morning (16th), Magpas Doctor Andy Lindsay and Paramedic Oliver Robinson arrived at a rural road north-west of Bury St Edmunds, via the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a patient who was trapped - after a car had left the road and collided with a fence, then a tree and a telegraph pole.

The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed a man (in his 30’s) who had sustained multiple injuries and gave him high level pain relief. The Magpas team then worked alongside a Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service crew, an EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew and Suffolk Police to remove the patient safely from the car he was in. The man was then taken to West Suffolk Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

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Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Our medics learn skills for real-life rescues from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service

Magpas Air Ambulance medics spent two days training with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to learn some of the advanced rescue skills needed to help people in life-threatening situations.

The two day training on 4th and 5th April formed part of a 2 week induction programme for new doctors and paramedics joining Magpas Air Ambulance. Joint training has been supported by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for the many years but this year saw stronger links forged with the training team and a development of the programme. By collaborating during training the two services gain knowledge of how the other works before they are called to real-life emergency incidents across Cambridgeshire.

Led by Watch Commander Ben Fawcett, crews from the CFRS Training Centre based at Huntingdon Fire Station showed Magpas Air Ambulance team members how they extricate casualties trapped in cars and how they work in hazardous locations such as confined spaces and in, or near, water. Crews also practised working at height and firefighters from St Neots Fire Station helped familiarise the Magpas medics with procedures for working with dangerous substances and hazardous materials.

Dr Dwyer, one of the clinicians involved in the training, has joined Magpas Air Ambulance from Australia, while Andy Smith, an experienced Paramedic is refreshing his knowledge having served with the charity previously.

Commander Fawcett said, “Overall I believe the Training Centre staff got just as much out of the day as hopefully the Magpas Air Ambulance staff did and although we both have extremely high standards there is always room for improvement. What was really positive was how similar their staff are to our own in terms of passion, professionalism and even sense of humour.”

Associate Clinical Director at Magpas Air Ambulance, Dan Cody, said, “It’s really important for our medics to have the insight into the capabilities of partner emergency services and opportunity to practice these critical skills before they’re required in real emergencies. We’re very grateful for the help of Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in supporting our training.”

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Cookies Policy

Cookies Policy

Last updated: October 24, 2017

Magpas Air Ambulance ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the https://www.magpas.org.uk/ website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies

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Last updated: October 24, 2017

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Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

How Magpas Air Ambulance uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

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