Quick-thinking pals help in rescue of injured BMX biker from Loders (From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)
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A WEST Dorset schoolboy is recovering after his quick-thinking friends helped save him after a biking accident.
Frank Baxter, 14, was knocked unconscious after losing his balance on a hillside near Loders on Saturday. He landed with his face in the mud and his bike hit him.
The Sir John Colfox School student had been biking with his two friends James Millar, 14, and Tom Hughes, 12, when the accident happened.
He was knocked unconscious for several minutes, went white in the face and there was a lot of blood from his mouth and nose.
His friends put him in the recovery position and covered him in jackets to keep him warm before calling his mum.
It was decided to call an ambulance and the two boys helped to carry medical equipment up to where their friend was and helped to direct the ambulance crews in.
Mum Alison said they did a fantastic job. She said: “They were brilliant in the way they looked after Frank.”
Frank was put on a stretcher as the medical crews were concerned about neck and spinal injuries.
Because of where the accident happened the ambulance could not get to him and so it was decided to get Portland Coastguard Helicopter to help. With the aid of family friends and the ambulance crew, Frank was carried down the hill to a place where the helicopter could winch him up.
Winchman paramedic Buck Rogers said: “The land ambulance crew were concerned how they were going to get him off the hill safely and that’s why they called us.
“Our involvement was to get him off the hill safely which was a bit troublesome as it was completely dark. We packaged him in a titanium steel stretcher and ambulance crew and members of the public carried him down.
“He was really unlucky, as he was waiting for a new helmet to be delivered and took an unfortunate fall. The only advice I would give is that mountain biking is a dangerous old game, so make sure you have the right equipment.”
Alison and Frank were airlifted to Dorset County Hospital. Frank was given an x ray and MRI scan and no spinal injuries were found but he needed surgery for his wounds.
Alison said she was extremely grateful to all the emergency services and said they had all done an ‘amazing job.
She said: “The staff at DCH were just fantastic, so careful, so attentive and kept me informed all the time.”
She added: “Everyone was just fantastic with looking after him and making sure he was ok.”
Frank said he would like to thank the helicopter crew, staff at DCH, family friends and of course his friends for their help.
He was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening and is doing well, he has even been tinkering with his BMX bike already.
Alison said that Frank will be absolutely fine and was very lucky.
She said: “Everyone was absolutely fantastic. I’d like to thank everyone involved.”
She added: “Thank goodness it wasn’t worse and he’s come off very well under the circumstances. He was very lucky.”
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