Helicopter rescues heart attack victim from Warwick Castle

by Ben Glass
April 06, 2009

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THIS is the extraordinary moment a heart attack victim was plucked to safety from a 700-year-old castle tower.

The 61-year-old man was winched aboard the Sea King chopper after clambering up the 148ft six-storey Guy's Tower at tourist attraction Warwick Castle.

Steep narrow staircases and hundreds of steps prevented ambulance crews rescuing the man by foot.

The RAF helicopter winched him to safety at 3pm on Saturday.

Picture by Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It was not clear whether the helicopter would be able to winch the man off the top of the tower so the fire service and specialist ambulance staff started getting their gear ready in case it was required to bring the patient down the outside of the building.

“This was a very unusual incident. Given the complexity of the situation, the whole operation went incredibly smoothly and the man was taken to hospital in the minimum amount of time.”

The man was flown to Coventry Airport where a land ambulance was waiting to take him to University Hospital, Coventry and Warwickshire.

Today his condition was said to be stable.
Picture by John McGrandles

The video was shot by Dad-of-two John McGrandles, 48, of Morris Avenue, Wyken, Coventry.

He said: "It was amazing to watch. It was extremely noisy and windy. The amount of down wind it created was extraordinary.

"It was an amazing piece of flying. You could see that he wasn’t far away from the flagpole at the top of the tower."

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