Budleigh’s community helipad called into action for first time

PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 20 March 2017

Devon Air Ambulance landing at Budleigh Salterton Football Club, where the community landing site was used for the first time

Devon Air Ambulance landing at Budleigh Salterton Football Club, where the community landing site was used for the first time

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Budleigh Salterton’s community helipad was called into action for the first time on Friday (March 17).

The emergency services were called out at around 10.25pm after reports of a man with a head injury.

An ambulance attended and the Devon Air Ambulance landed on Budleigh Salterton Football Club’s pitch, which was recently designated a community landing site.

Football club secretary Keith Wood said: “At approximately 10.40pm the lights burst in action followed by the purring of the rota blades of the helicopter as the emergency services machine landed; the paramedics then ran to the patient in the town.”

The man was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by road ambulance for treatment on a head injury.

A spokesman for the football club said: “The outlay for the council and the permission granted by the football club has been justified and worthwhile.

“You can’t put a value on what the air ambulance is worth to the community and we will support it as long as we can.”

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