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PHOTOS: Cornwall biker thanks air ambulance for keeping his proposal dream alive

PHOTOS: Cornwall biker thanks air ambulance for keeping his proposal dream alive

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:02pm 1st October 2018. (Updated at 9:12am 2nd October 2018)

A biker who was saved by Cornwall Air Ambulance has thanked its crews for keeping his proposal dream alive.

Shane Bamford was heading home from picking up an engagement ring when he was involved in a crash at Longdowns near Penryn.

The 45-year-old was knocked from his motorbike and onto the road, badly injuring his shoulder and arm.

"One minute I had a clear road ahead, it was a late summer's day, I had picked up the ring and I was just grinning like a Cheshire cat. I didn't have a care in the world.

"I saw the car pull out, I thought this is going to hurt, I heard the bang and I remember seeing the sky then the ground, but I must have blacked out.

"When I came around I struggled to breathe and I couldn't feel my arm. I genuinely thought I'd lost my arm".

Shane Bamford

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Shane had just collected an engagement ring when he was caught in a crash near Penryn and seriously injured

A nearby driver, Will, came to Shane's assistance until a land ambulance arrived on the scene, but worried that he might have a broken pelvis, they requested Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The helicopter arrived on scene at 3.15pm and paramedics Pete Storer and Kris Lethbridge administered pain relief to Shane.

Shane added: "The only thing I can remember is all the stones flying everywhere and a paramedic shielding me.

"I saw Cornwall Air Ambulance overhead, but I didn't think for a minute I'd be going on it. I was just thinking, where is the ring?"

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He was airlifted to hospital with a serious injury to his shoulder and arm

"Shane had a couple of nasty fractures and was in pain, but his mind was obviously on the engagement ring.

"A police officer passed it to me in an evidence bag - I reassured him I didn't let it out my sight".

Cornwall Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic, Pete Storer

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Luckily, Shane lived to tell the tale and proposed to girlfriend Tracy on her birthday

Shane was conveyed to Royal Cornwall Hospital where tests revealed that he had a fractured collarbone and a crushed nerve in his arm.

He was joined at the hospital by partner, Tracy Snooks, where staff played their part in hiding the ring to keep the engagement a surprise.

Shane said: "All the emergency services passed that ring, it's certainly had a journey! I just want to thank all the paramedics and everyone who helped me, they were all fantastic."

Shane's plans all went ahead on schedule, and he proposed to partner, Tracy Snooks, on her birthday on September 11th.

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Now he has thanked the crew who helped make that possible

"It would be easy for him not to be here and for all of this to be snatched away.

"We're really lucky and we can't thank everyone enough".

Tracy Snooks

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