Sutton Bridge Good Samaritans help stricken ambulance which was stuck on high kerb
Good Samaritans from a Sutton Bridge company came to the rescue of a stranded ambulance to make sure paramedics were able to get back on the road.
A team from Shire Garden Buildings helped to prop up a private ambulance which had become stuck on the high kerbs on Bridge Road while enroute to a patient on Thursday.
Office Manager David Mitchell says a team helped to push and bounce the ambulance free from the kerb which he says is the third vehicle to become stuck on the kerb this year.
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East Midlands Ambulance Service say there was no delay in getting to the patienton Thursday but has launched an investigation with the private company to find out what happened.
Mr Mitchell said: "One way or another we would have got that ambulance off the kerb, we could not have left it there.
"They have a job to do and people's lives to save."
Mr Mitchell had heard about the problem while visiting Pippa's Pantry.
He then called over to the factory, in Tydd Bank, and asked a number of colleagues to pop over and help.
They had propped some wood under the front wheels, which were stuck on the kerb, while waiting for the driver to return.
Mr Mitchell said: "We had a few guys on the front pushing and a few more in the back bouncing it.
"I don't think the call was a critical one but the next one might have been and they would not have been able to get there - and that could have made a difference to someone's life.
"It didn't take us long to get it back on the road. There was some damage to the front.
"The driver shook our hands and was really grateful for the help."
East Midlands Ambulance Service Operations Manager Brian Jaffrey has thanked the Shires team for their help with the stricken ambulance.
He said: "A private ambulance was involved in an incident on Thursday while responding to an emergency 999 call on behalf of EMAS.
"The incident happened near to the address of the emergency and therefore it did not cause a delay in getting to the patient.
"We are currently investigating the incident in conjunction with Jigsaw, the private ambulance provider involved.
"We would like to thank members of the public who helped the ambulance crew get the vehicle back on the road quickly."
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