Speedy rescue as helicopter battles tide

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THE AIR ambulance had to make a speedy rescue from the beach at Staithes as the tide was coming in fast.

The Great North Air Ambulance was asked to rescue a woman in her forties who had fallen while walking near Staithes beach at around lunchtime on Tuesday.

She had hurt her arm and her back and because she was on the beach a road ambulance couldn’t get to her.

The helicopter crew had to re-position itself on the sand due to the tide and the patient was carried into the aircraft while the rotors were still running so it could take off quickly due to the speed of the water coming in.

The lady was taken to James Cook Hospital for treatment.