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Man rescued in beach collapse

Ronnie Martin from Bedlington had to be rescued from Druridge beach in Northumberland after he became trapped in the hole he was digging.

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Biker takes on challenge for charity

A Northumberland motocross biker, who suffered a depressed skull fracture when he was flipped off his bike, is to complete an endurance challenge to raise funds for the air ambulance service which helped to save his life.

Robert Gibb was off-road biking when he hit a stone and was catapulted over the handle bars near to his home in Eachwick.

Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) airlifted him to Newcastle General Hospital where he spent 15 days having four plates fitted in his head following the accident in 2006.

Robert has now pledged his support to GNAAS by signing up for the Clif Bar Lake District 10 peak challenge.

The challenge is a non-stop run and hike over the ten highest peaks in Cumbria's Lake District. The course covers about 73 kilometres with more than 5,600 metres of ascent.

"There is a really good chance I wouldn't be here today if the air ambulance hadn't got to me so quickly.

I was able to get back on my bike again after 10 months and continued to race up until last year. I look forward to completing the gruelling challenge and I hope to raise funds for GNAAS in the process.

I want to thank the surgeons at Newcastle General Hospital, the air ambulance who got to the scene so quickly and everyone who has helped me on my road to recovery."

– Robert Gibb

"We're delighted that Robert is back fit and raising money for us.

It looks to be a very testing challenge so we wish him all the best."

– Mandy Drake, deputy director of fundraising at GNAAS


Pilot saved motorist from floods

Pilot Captain Pete Barnes
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.

Pilot Captain Pete Barnes
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.

Woman flown to hospital after North Yorkshire crash

The woman, 23, was flown to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A woman had to be airlifted to hospital after a crash in North Yorkshire on Saturday.

The incident happened near Castle Howard when a car collided with a tree at around 12:30pm. A 23-year-old woman suffered abdominal and shoulder injuries, and was flown to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Her condition has been described as stable and not life-threatening. Three other people who were in the car were also taken to hospital.

Air Ambulance called to Loftus riding school

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to a riding school in Loftus to assist the land ambulance crew on scene with a female patient who had substained a injury whlist riding her horse.She was flown to James Cook University Hospital with a flight time of 5 minutes.

The patient arrived at the hospital in a stable condition and her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Motorcyclist critical after Hexham crash

reat North Air Ambulance attends crash scene on B6305 earlier
Great North Air Ambulance attends crash scene on B6305 earlier Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A man is in a critical condition after a collision between his motorcycle and a car in Northumberland.

It happened just before two thirty this afternoon on the B6305 at Lowgate near Hexham.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew the casualty to hospital. The car driver was not injured.


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