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WATCH: 26 Thousand Missions For Cornwall Air Ambulance

WATCH: 26 Thousand Missions For Cornwall Air Ambulance

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:05pm 7th September 2016.

A toddler who hurt his head after falling from a wall is revealed as the 26 thousandth mission for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

It happened in Boscastle and crews flew the little boy and his mum to Derriford in just over 20 minutes.

The charity has revealed it was scrambled more than 170 times over the summer.

That works out to more than three shouts a day in July and August.

More than one in five came after crashes on Cornwall's roads.

20 were to help children and babies.

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Chief Executive Paula Martin said: "Cornwall Air Ambulance receives no government funding for rescue missions so the charity's supporters can be extremely proud to have enabled more than 26,000 missions to be undertaken. For the last 29 years their generosity has helped our paramedics to save thousands of lives."

Cornwall Air Ambulance began as the UK's first air ambulance service in 1987.

The milestone 26 thousandth mission was to aid a toddler who had injured his head in a fall from a wall while on holiday in Boscastle.

There was a big rise in the number of patients injured in collisions on our roads, with crews scrambled 35 times during the school holidays.

They were called to coastal areas more than during any other months in the year.

The Air Ambulance was needed six times in Sennen during August, including two medical emergencies on the beach in one day.

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One was to help a woman who fell more than 60ft while climbing.

Coastguards winched her to safety, before Air Ambulance paramedics treated her on the way to Derriford Hospital.

Among the other missions, a dad and his two year old daughter, swept into the sea by a huge wave at Newquay.

They flew the man, who was on holiday in Cornwall, to Treliske, but doctors could not save him.

Crews were also scrambled to help a teenager who fell from a harbour wall after a seagull swooped in St Ives.

Next year Cornwall Air Ambulance celebrates 30 years of saving lives and you can find out more about its lifesaving work here.

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