31 July 2012
Two rescued by Specialist Team after plunge
Vehicle occupants rescued following car plunge drama
A car with two occupants left the road and plunged more than
30ft down a near vertical face into the River Clyde this
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue's ( SFR's) control room
received the first reports of the incident at approximately 2:30pm
and fire crews from Lanark Community Fire Station were quickly on
the scene at Kirkfieldbank in Lanarkshire, along with other
emergency services. Further SFR resources arrived shortly
afterwards including a water rescue team.
These initial crews quickly assessed the situation, finding that
the two occupants, one male and one female, had
managed to escape from the vehicle, but were trapped on the river
bank at the base of a steep and treacherous slope, close to the
fast flowing water.
The incident commander immediately requested further
support from Strathclyde Fire & Rescue's Specialist Rope Rescue
Team, whilst firefighters donned 'Safe Working at Heights'
equipment that allowed them to make the descent to the casualties;
secure them, assess their injuries and provide initial trauma
On arrival of the Rope Rescue Team, a Ferno Basket
Stretcher and other dedicated rope rescue equipment was put into
action. Both casualties were quickly rescued using a technique
known as an Assisted Vertical Stretcher Rescue where a team member
accompanies the casualty whilst they are raised, keeping them safe
and reassured throughout the operation.
Once safely clear of the steep drop, the casualties were
passed into the care of the ambulance service paramedics who
provided further medical attention. The pair were transported by
ambulance to Wishaw General Hospital and shortly afterwards it was
reported that they were suffering from minor injuries.
Group Commander Stephen McGrath said, "This was a
technically difficult rescue. but thanks to some great team work
between the firefighters, paramedics and police officers who
attended, and with the specialist knowledge and equipment provided
by Strathclyde Fire & Rescue's Rope Rescue Team, the incident
has been resolved safely and efficiently."