Cornwall Air Ambulance flies to more than 700 emergencies every year
On average nearly 60% of the missions are in response to medical sickness and the remainder are due to severe traumatic injuries, most frequently following accidents such as falls and road traffic collisions.
No day is the same. One in four missions are for patients suffering cardiac arrest while one in ten are to help children. On average the helicopter takes just 12 minutes to reach incidents on mainland Cornwall and just under half an hour to reach the Isles of Scilly.
Given the county’s isolated beaches, rural settlements and challenging road networks, Cornwall Air Ambulance is considered a lifeline by residents and visitors alike.
flown this September
helped patients with heart problems
were helped following road traffic collisions
so far this year
Who we have rescued
Due to patient confidentiality law we do not give details of the patients that we have helped unless they have approached us and are happy to share their story. Here are a few of their stories.
“Dylan was in a bad way”
Last September Dylan Kneebone was with his family at their home near Redruth when a terrible accident saw him fall beneath a horse box. The vehicle – containing two horses – ran over Dylan’s neck and chest, leaving him with injuries so severe his parents were told to prepare themselves for the worst.More
Life can change in a minute
The family lunch was a few minutes from being ready so Bob Walker decided to pop out for some sandpaper from the DIY shop a couple of miles away in Newquay. August 18th 2015 was a beautiful sunny day so he took his motorbike. It was a five minute journey that changed his life.More
“You never know when you are going to need these people.”
On the morning of 9th November 2015 Trisha Bradford and her daughter were enjoying a horse ride along Carbis Bay beach in St Ives. Unfortunately Trisha’s saddle slipped while she was cantering along the sand and she fell badly, breaking her back. She describes what happened next.More
Rescue Missions: November
Each one of last month’s missions by Cornwall Air Ambulance was made possible by the generosity of people like you.
Critical Care Car Mission