A. Salford The man who was strangled in a strange accident on the beach has spoken of his horror.
Dave Jackson and his wife, Christine, were on a boat trip to Morkembe when his life changed in an instant.
The 62-year-old was pulling the boat back onto his trailer when D-Ring – which was later found to be made of the wrong metal – was found.
He then leaned towards Winch Dave, hitting his chest and slitting his throat.
He was bleeding uncontrollably and struggling to breathe while being thrown back about 15 feet by the impact.
Fortunately, a first aid worker and a local doctor were on the beach at the time.
He approached the lorry driver, Dave, and called for an ambulance.
The Northwest Air Ambulance was also alerted and rushed to the scene.
Dave was then cared for by staff, including air ambulance pilot Rob, doctors Ian and Matt, and critical care paramedic team leader Rob.
Dave fell asleep by adding high-speed continuity with an organized airway.
He was then taken to the Royal Preston Hospital, a major trauma center in Lancashire, where he was admitted and further treated for severe neck and chest injuries.
Dave said: “Although I don’t remember much when the air ambulance crew came, without them there that day, I don’t think I would have survived.
“From first aid and medical to ambulance and then NWAA staff, I’m very grateful that I was surrounded by people who knew what to do when I needed to.
“It happened just two days before my birthday – Christine said I should have asked now if I wanted a helicopter ride for my birthday.”
Thankfully, Dave has since undergone smooth recovery and physiotherapy, and his chest and throat have healed well.
He is recovering and regaining his strength.
“I can’t thank the charity staff enough. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today,” Dave continued.
“For National Air Ambulance Week, I heartily encourage everyone to support this wonderful organization, because you never know when you might need them.”
Heather Orsmith, CEO of Northwest Air Ambulance Charity, added: “Listening to patients like Dave shows how important the charity’s work is.
“Our staff is there every day, making a life-changing impact on people’s lives, and this would not have been possible without the incredible help of our supporters, donors, fundraisers and volunteers.”
“The nature of our work means there will always be patients in need, and public support, no matter how big or small, makes an incredible difference.
“It keeps our helicopters in the air, our high-speed response vehicles on the road, and provides significant funding to enable us to continue to adapt our service to ensure that we are always on the lookout for our patients.” Offer the best possible care and emergency intervention. “