12:13 pm, Wed 13 Nov 2013
Karen Luker and Rod Coombs
Credit: Family photo
A man has paid tribute to the Great North Air Ambulance Service after they rescued his wife following a walking accident in the Lake District.
Karen Luker fell during a walk on 19 October, leaving her in severe pain. Her husband Rod Coombs found that he had no phone signal and had to run to the nearby village of Buttermere to call 999.
He then returned to his wife when he knew emergency services were on their way.
When he knew emergency services were on their way he returned to his wife, who was being comforted by two passersby, to tell her the ambulance was on its way.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service landed in a field just 100 metres from the patient and the onboard doctor and paramedic treated Mrs Luker on scene.
Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team also helped to stretcher the patient to the waiting air ambulance, where she was airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle with suspected spinal injuries.
The 61-year-old was able to leave hospital the next day to continue her recovery.
6:14 pm, Sat 13 Jul 2013
Girl airlifted from Lake District fell
The girl was treated by a doctor from the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and then flown down the fell to a waiting ambulance.
Her condition is said to be stable.
9:45 am, Mon 01 Apr 2013
Air Ambulance rescues woman from fell
The Rescue Team bring the injured woman off the fellside
Credit: Great North Air Ambulance
A woman in her forties is recovering after falling on High Dodd near Ullswater. The Great North Air Ambulance and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to rescue the woman who had leg injuries shortly before 4pm.
She was airlifted down to the rescue team base and is in a stable condition.
4:13 pm, Wed 16 Jan 2013
Pete Barnes rescuing a motorist at Stanhope Ford
It has been revealed that Captain Pete Barnes, the pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London this morning, spent time working in the North East.
In 2004 he helped rescue a motorist from a flooded ford in County Durham, while working for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Pete Barnes while working for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
He also flew the Newcastle Traffic & Travel helicopter as the Voice of Metro FM and worked as a helicopter instructor.
3:53 pm, Fri 23 Nov 2012
A Penrith man has been airlifted to hospital after what has been described as an 'incident' near school playing fields in the town.
The man, who is believed to be in his 60s, was taken to the James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough with serious and life threatening injuries.
As he arrived his condition was described as stable.
3:13 pm, Sat 26 May 2012
Crew from The Great Northern Air Ambulance have rescued a 31 year old man who fell off his bike in Grizedale Forest in the Lake District. He had serious head, neck and back injuries and had to be flown to James Cook hospital in Middlesborough for specialist treatment.