A MAN who was recently left fighting for his life on a Lancashire beach has shared his gruesome story – and also thanked air ambulance heroes who saved him. 

Back in May, Dave Jackson was out boating with his wife on Morecambe Beach when he was involved in an incident.

The Salford lorry driver was pulling the boat back onto their trailer, but did not realise there was a fault with the trailer.

Lancashire Telegraph: Dave (right) with his wife Dave (right) with his wife

The D ring on the boat was not made out of the correct metal, and snapped.

The winch swung towards Dave, hitting him in the chest before ricocheting up and cutting his throat.

The 62-year-old was thrown back about 15 feet from the impact, bleeding out profusely on the beach and struggling to breathe.

Fortunately, a first aider and a local medic were on the beach at the time, rushing to Dave’s side.

Meanwhile, the ambulance crew had arrived and Dave’s friend Phil flagged them over. During this time, the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) had been alerted and arrived quickly on scene. 

Dave was given lifesaving care from the NWAA crew, including Pilot Rob and Doctor Ian, Doctor Matt and Critical Care Paramedic Team Leader Rob, who performed a Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI), putting Dave to sleep with a managed airway. 

He was flown to Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire’s major trauma centre, where he was admitted and received further specialist treatment for his serious throat and chest injuries. 

Dave said: “Though I don’t remember much from when the air ambulance crew arrived, without them there on that day, I don’t think I’d have survived.

“From the original first aider and medic, to the ambulance, and then the NWAA crew, I’m so grateful that I was surrounded by people who knew what to do in my time of need.

“The incident happened just two days before my birthday – Christine said that if I wanted a helicopter ride for my birthday I should have just asked!” 

Thankfully, Dave has since undergone a smooth recovery and physiotherapy, with his chest and throat healing up well. He is recovering and continues to regain strength. 

In cases of serious trauma or illness, the NWAA crew can administer highly advanced interventions before reaching the hospital, such as anaesthesia, blood transfusion or intubation.

It can make the difference between life and death for patients like Dave. 

As a charity funded operation that does not receive any government or NHS funding, NWAA must raise over £9.5m a year to remain operational, relying on generous donations, fundraisers and volunteers to maintain its 365-days-a-year service.  

“I cannot thank the charity’s crew enough,” Dave added.

“Without them, I wouldn’t be here today. I am wholeheartedly encouraging everyone to support this wonderful organisation, as you never know when you might need them.” 

National Air Ambulance Week

This story comes as part of National Air Ambulance Week (6th – 12th September), which is a time to recognise all of the hard work the charity carries out.

The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) is raising awareness of the lifesaving impact its service has had on people across the North West.

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From 1st September 2020 – 31st August 2021, the charity completed 2,590 missions across the region – 784 of which were carried out in Lancashire alone.

With three helicopters and 4 HEMs response vehicles across its Barton and Blackpool air bases, the charity’s crew of highly skilled specialist doctors and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) paramedics deliver enhanced pre-hospital care to the most critically ill and injured patients.

In cases of serious incidents and accidents, their care can make a lifesaving difference to patients, such as Dave Jackson. 

Heather Arrowsmith, CEO at the North West Air Ambulance charity, commented: “Hearing from patients like Dave demonstrates just how important the charity’s work is.

“Our crew are out there every day, having a life-changing impact on people’s lives, and it wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support we receive from supporters, donors, fundraisers and volunteers.”  

She added: “The nature of our work means there will always be patients in need, and public support, no matter how big or small, makes an incredible difference.

“It keeps our helicopters in the air, our rapid response vehicles out on the road, and provides vital funds to enable us to  continually adapt our service to make sure we’re always offering the best possible care and emergency interventions for our patients.”

To find out more about the North West Air Ambulance charity, or to donate to them, visit their website: https://www.nwairambulance.org.uk