It’s not often you get to see the police helicopter land – unless of course you live next to its airbase. For most, it’s known as an eye in the sky.
But yesterday evening, locals had the pleasure of meeting the National Police Air Service’s (NPAS) aircraft on the ground in Exeter when they spotted a woman needing immediate medical attention.
The police helicopter was called in to help local officers locate a high-risk missing person in the area at around 8.30pm on Friday. Police say they were concerned for her welfare.
During their sky search they found a woman needing urgent medical care in Wonford Playing Fields and landed nearby.
A Tactical Flight Officer – a police officer trained to work on NPAS aircraft – jumped from the helicopter and provided emergency aid to the woman. She was given first aid and oxygen.
A short time later, South Western Ambulance Service arrived at the scene to take over from the officer. Local units from Devon and Cornwall Police also attended the medical incident.
On Twitter, a spokesperson for NPAS said “it is looking like the casualty is going to be ok”.
Is it not clear whether the casualty found by NPAS was the high-risk missing person they were initially tasked to locate.
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