By Tara Rippin • 10 May 2020 • 13:25
ALL HANDS ON DECK: Firefighters, police and the ambulance service were involved in the rescue. CREDIT: Bomberos Benidorm
ALL emergency resources were mobilised yesterday around 8.45pm when a fellow walker made a distress call from the rural area of the Marxassos Partida Marxassos in Benidorm.
The woman had fallen and fractured the tibia of one leg, confirmed Benidorm firefighters.
Emergencies 112 dispatched Provincial Firefighters from Benidorm Park, two light vehicles with their corresponding troops, as well as Local Police and SVB Ambulance and paramedics.
A Benidorm firefighter source said: “Due to the orography, firefighters took advantage of their off-terrain vehicles and accessed several rural roads until they reached about 500 meters away from the person.”
Equipped with a special stretcher for rescue in high mountains, they made their way on foot to the injured hiker where the medical team applied a vacuum splint to the fractured leg, before firefighters and police took over, getting the wounded woman to a fire engine.
She was then taken to the ambulance waiting below and transferred to the Comarcal Hospital in Villajoyosa.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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