Trio praised after serious bike crash in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 October 2015

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Good Samaritans, who gave first aid to a seriously injured motorcyclist, have been praised by police for their help in her recovery.

The 22-year-old Exmouth woman was airlifted to Derriford hospital, Plymouth, with serious injuries after she was involved in a crash on the A376 road at the Belle Vue Road junction.

Exmouth police constables Guy Somerfield and Kylie Lynch, who were first on the scene, said it was thanks to the kindness of strangers the injured woman was on the mend.

The woman’s family has also thanked those who stopped and gave first aid to the 22-year-old. The police officers said an off-duty doctor and two members of the public - witnesses to the accident - stayed with the casualty, kept her calm and gave first aid until paramedics took over.

PC Somerfield and PC Lynch said the strangers’ aid had gone a long way to helping police and the emergency services at the scene.

Police said the injured woman remained in hospital in a serious condition. Officers are appealing for further witnesses to the crash to come forward.

PC Somerfield said: “We were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle. When we arrived, we discovered a 22-year-old female rider being tended to by three members of the public, who were administering first aid. One of them was an off-duty doctor.

“The officers at the scene would like to thank those members of the public.

“The woman’s family has been spoken to by the police and they would also like to extend their thanks to the persons who undoubtedly, without a shadow of a doubt, helped her in her recovery.”

He added: “They were remarkably calm and followed all the correct procedures for what must have been a very difficult situation; it clearly happened in front of them.”

PC Kylie Lynch said: “They stabilised her, reassured her, kept her calm and stayed calm themselves to keep her calm.

“What they did restores your faith in humanity. We would like to say thank-you to them.”

Police said the strangers stayed with the woman, who was conscious, for around an hour until she was airlifted to hospital.

PC Somerfield said: “We want to thank them because what they did made our job easier.

“It was a serious situation made easier to cope with because of their calmness and tenacity.

“We would like to say thank-you for their good citizenship and the calm way they dealt with a difficult situation.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, on Wednesday, October 7, to come forward. Call 101 and quote 0135 of October 7, 2015.

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