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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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VIDEO: Air ambulance called for seriously ill man

A Workington man was flown to hospital today after being found seriously ill.

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DRAMA: The air ambulance takes off from the green opposite Tesco supermarket and Allerdale House, Workington, this afternoon

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance landed on The Green opposite Tesco at about 1.20pm.

It is not known where the man, thought to be in his 50s, fell ill but an ambulance service spokesman said he was at a private address.

The man was anaesthetised at the scene and the flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The helicopter took off at about 2.30pm, around two hours after the ambulance service received the first call to the incident.

A crowd of onlookers gathered around The Green as the drama unfolded and passing motorists stopped their cars.

Toni Lee, 23, of Parkhead, was on her way home from town when she saw two ambulances and the helicopter at The Green and was concerned about her partner.

She said: “I noticed my car wasn’t there so I ran down the steps because I thought it was him. Then he appeared round into the car park.”

Her partner Shane Winder, 22, said: “You don’t see it every day. It’s good that they have the service. It makes you feel better than your family will be looked after.”

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