The importance of the Air Ambulance service has been highlighted by MLA Maurice Bradley after a number of serious incidents in the Coleraine area.
The service, founded in July 2017, was tasked to the Coleraine area three times in the space of 24 hours at the weekend.
Bradley said: “Sadly this weekend has seen a number of serious incidents within the Coleraine area.
“The tragic accident that claimed the life of Articlave man, Ian Patterson on Friday then a light aircraft crash in Aghadowey and a serous road traffic crash on Saturday evening on the outskirts of Coleraine – at each of these incidents the Air Ambulance was in attendance.
“I have no doubt that injuries to those involved in Saturday’s incidents were minimised by the swift response of the local medical staff and those of the helicopter medical team who were able
to transfer patients quickly to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for specialised medical treatment.
“The Air Ambulance service is something that we hope we will never need to use, however I think it is very clear from the response of both the local and ambulance medical teams to serious incidents in this area on Saturday that undoubtedly lives have been saved.
“Our ambulance crews and indeed the air ambulance crews deserve credit for the work that they carry out, in often very difficult circumstances, I thank them for their continued commitment, and I would wish those injured a speedy recovery.”
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