A Co Derry teenager who was seriously injured in a road traffic collision earlier this year has been reunited with PSNI Air Support Unit and Ambulance personnel who helped save his leg.
Caolan McCluskey was one of three young men injured in the collision in the Foreglen on Friday, February 15, at 5.10pm.
Police and ambulance crews were quickly on the scene. After paramedics assessed and tended to the casualties, two of them were transferred to hospital by ambulance.
However the injuries sustained by Caolan were such that he could have lost his lower left leg if he did not get to hospital quickly. It was believed that a transfer by road would significantly reduce the chances of saving his leg.
At 5.28pm the paramedics requested the assistance of the PSNI Air Support Unit to airlift Caolan to Altnagelvin Hospital.
Conditions at the time made landing the helicopter difficult, but with the expertise of the pilot and his crew they landed at the scene. Both the police and paramedics worked together to ensure that Caolan was safely transferred to Altnagelvin hospital.
Caolan’s mum, Grainne, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved on the night of Caolan’s accident. Without the services of the helicopter Caolan’s injuries would have been life threatening.”
Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson, Limavady Area Commander said: “This is another case where the PSNI have worked closely with our partner agencies to keep people safe.
“Our colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and my officers work closely on a day to day basis.
“The fact that Caolan is well on the road to recovery and is here today makes our job worthwhile. I wish Caolan and his family all the best for the future.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Hugh Hume said the PSNI Air Support Unit was a 24/7 resource throughout Northern Ireland to help prevent and detect crime and to keep people safe.
John McPoland, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service added: “Many people were involved in this incident and it should be reassuring to the public that, in their time of need, they can call upon a co-ordinated response made up of a number of agencies to deliver care that ensures a positive outcome for patients.”