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Three hour rescue mission at the Port of Workington

HM Coastguard Helicopter at the Port of Workington Credit: Maryport Coastguard

Rescuers spent three hours freeing a man who had fallen below deck on a boat in the Port of Workington.

The crewman suffered suspected back injuries and the fire service worked alongside the coastguard, Workington lifeboat teams, and the North West Ambulance service to get the man to hospital.

He was taken to hospital by HM Coastguard in the Prestwick SAR Flight Rescue 199.

"We'd like to extend our thanks to all our partner agencies involved in a fantastic display of multi-agency interoperability for the quick response and excellent cooperation in this difficult and challenging callout.

We'd also like to extend our good wishes for a speedy and full recovery to the casualty."

– Maryport Coastguard spokesperson

Emergency stroke treatment to be centralised in Carlisle

Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Emergency stroke treatment for patients in north, west and east Cumbria will take place in Carlisle, health officials have announced.

Plans to develop a hyper-acute stroke unit at the Cumberland Infirmary have been given the final approval by NHS North Cumbria CCG.

The announcement comes alongside a timetable to close all the in-patient beds at Alston, Wigton and Maryport community hospitals in the county.

We are pleased to be able to say that the plans developed around those community hospitals and for stroke services across the north of the county have been thoroughly considered and will bring benefits for our communities.”

– Jon Rush, chair, NHS North Cumbria CCG


Prime Minister questioned about future of west Cumbria maternity services

The Prime Minister has been questioned in the House of Commons about the future of consultant-led maternity services at the West Cumberland Hospital.

Last year the NHS decided to keep the service as it is for a 12 month period, but warned that it may have to be downgraded if sufficient consultants couldn't be recruited.

Today, during Prime Minister's questions, Theresa May was asked about the maternity department by the MP for Copeland, Trudy Harrison:

Borders 'snow baby' born amidst the Beast from the East

Muriel Masson and her baby, Aidan Credit: ITV Border

A baby in the Borders has been born on the way to hospital amidst a red weather warning and two feet of snowfall brought by the Beast from the East.

Muriel Masson had planned a home birth from her house in Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders, but when baby Aidan decided to come early those plans changed.

Murial had to be picked up by a special Scottish 4x4 ambulance to be taken to Borders General Hospital, but baby Aidan came so quickly she gave birth five miles from her home.

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