RAF Marham team spring into action at crash

RAF Marham sign at the main gate. ENGANL00120130403130318
RAF Marham sign at the main gate. ENGANL00120130403130318
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As the group returned by coach from a week’s adventure training there, they witnessed a road accident.

The driver was able to leave the vehicle, but the passenger was trapped and the vehicle which had left the road at speed, had crashed into a small ravine with a river at the bottom.

The vehicle was wedged between trees on one side and the river’s bridge on the other, at a 45 degree angle towards the river and severely damaged.

Sgt Davey and SAC MacRae, set about helping the passenger still stuck in the vehicle.

Sgt Davey conducted an initial assessment of the casualty by utilising the Austrian coach driver to overcome the language barrier.

As the passenger’s responses began to decline SAC MacRae (an RAF firefighter) bravely climbed over the bridge railing to carry out out a further assessment of the casualty and continue to reassure him.

It quickly became clear that the passenger’s condition was deteriorating so SAC MacRae and Sgt Davey continued to monitor his airway and 
condition whilst waiting for 
the emergency services to arrive.

They observed the casualty’s condition was deteriorating with the temperature just 9C.

The team became aware that he was in a very critical condition and after a seizure, it was observed that his breathing stopped.

SAC MacRae removed him from the vehicle but before Sgt Davey began CPR it was found he was breathing again.

When the emergency services arrived, the group handed over and continued their way home.

Ft Sgt Shiach, officer in charge of RAF Marham winter sports, said: “The events which unfolded on Saturday morning, demonstrated the immediate courageous and decisive actions of the many RAF personnel on the coach.

“I witnessed their training, initiative and the requirements to do the right thing; this undoubtedly has gone some way in saving the passenger and driver of the vehicle.

“Sgt Davey and SAC MacRae the Marham participants involved in the care of the driver and passenger could have stood on the side lines but chose to get involved.

“Follow-up reports from Austria have indicated the 
driver and passenger, who spent a considerable time in hospital, will both make a full recovery.”