UPDATED: Patients cut off by high tide saved by emergency service support

Patients cut off by high tide saved by emergency service support

Patients cut off by high tide saved by emergency service support

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PATIENTS including a man suffering a suspected heart attack were cut off from emergency care on Mersea Island.

A particularly high tide, of 5.8m, kept The Strood flooded for hours with ambulances stuck on one side and four patients the other.

Emergency support had to be called in to help, including the coastguard, RNLI and air ambulance after it was decided if they couldn't reach them by land they would get there by air and sea instead.

Two patients were helped over The Strood by the RNLI, with support from a paramedic and the coastguard, and into waiting ambulances.

Another had to be air-lifted off the island.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said they had received several calls while the island was cut off.

He said: “We had ambulances on the way but the island was isolated and they could not get across.

“We were called to deal with several incidents.”

The first involved a man aged in his 60s with severe chest pains who may have been having a heart attack, in Kingsland Road.

A doctor with a defibrilator was helping to treat him but, with every minute becoming more crucial, the decision was taken to airlift him off the island for urgent medical attention.

He was taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment at the specialist cardiothoracic centre.

Another man, aged in his 80s, was suffering from a severe sickness.

A paramedic in a rapid response car, based on the island was treating him at the scene.

The coastguard was called to help and the man was transferred by boat into a waiting ambulance to be taken to Colchester General Hospital.

There were also two nasty falls with one woman aged in her 90s and another aged in her 80s injured in separate incidents.

A community first responder helped the older lady, who had a cut on her head, before taking her for treatment at a doctor’s surgery as an ambulance could not get across.

The woman aged in her 80s was also transferred, with the help of the RNLI, off the island and into an ambulance before being taken to Colchester General Hospital.

The incidents took place between 1pm and 5pm with one of the highest tides of the year reaching its peak just before 3pm yesterday,

Senior Locality Manager Gary Baines, from the ambulance trust, said: “I want to thank the ambulance crews and our colleagues in the other emergency Services for their efforts in ensuring all of our patients got the help they needed during the high-tide.

“More often than not we are fortunate enough to avoid the high tides, however we do have measures in place, such as the community first responder group based on the island.

"We also utilise the help of the coastguard along with the regional air ambulance team as and when necessary to ensure our patients are responded to as quickly as possible."

 

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7:41am Thu 14 Aug 14

stevedawson says...

Well done all the services.hope the people affected are all feeling better.
Well done all the services.hope the people affected are all feeling better. stevedawson
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10:36am Thu 14 Aug 14

Ontheball says...

Build a damned bridge over the Strood. Should have ben done years ago.
Build a damned bridge over the Strood. Should have ben done years ago. Ontheball
  • Score: -2

11:17am Thu 14 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

Lifeboat was launched at 0317 this morning, high tide, was there another incident??
Lifeboat was launched at 0317 this morning, high tide, was there another incident?? hughie-s
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3:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

romantic says...

This week has seen some of the highest tides Mersea gets, and with this also being school holiday season, surprised that there haven't been the usual scenes of cars stuck in the middle because they are happy to basically drive into the sea. Or maybe it's happened and become so common that nobody even bothers to notify the Gazette any more.
This week has seen some of the highest tides Mersea gets, and with this also being school holiday season, surprised that there haven't been the usual scenes of cars stuck in the middle because they are happy to basically drive into the sea. Or maybe it's happened and become so common that nobody even bothers to notify the Gazette any more. romantic
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12:01am Fri 15 Aug 14

Boris says...

Ontheball wrote:
Build a damned bridge over the Strood. Should have ben done years ago.
You pay for it then.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Build a damned bridge over the Strood. Should have ben done years ago.[/p][/quote]You pay for it then. Boris
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12:04am Fri 15 Aug 14

Boris says...

romantic wrote:
This week has seen some of the highest tides Mersea gets, and with this also being school holiday season, surprised that there haven't been the usual scenes of cars stuck in the middle because they are happy to basically drive into the sea. Or maybe it's happened and become so common that nobody even bothers to notify the Gazette any more.
Could it be the supermoon causing the high tides? Probably yes. Anyway the high tides are completely normal for everyone in Mersea so they just live with them.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: This week has seen some of the highest tides Mersea gets, and with this also being school holiday season, surprised that there haven't been the usual scenes of cars stuck in the middle because they are happy to basically drive into the sea. Or maybe it's happened and become so common that nobody even bothers to notify the Gazette any more.[/p][/quote]Could it be the supermoon causing the high tides? Probably yes. Anyway the high tides are completely normal for everyone in Mersea so they just live with them. Boris
  • Score: -1

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