Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) was called to a farm incident yesterday this week to rescue a woman who was knocked down by an out-of-control bull.
The 51-year-old was suffering from chest and back pain She was medically assessed, immobilised and then flown to Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.
The helicopter landed in a field next to the farm house in the Matlock area at around 10am on Monday. The bull was kept away at a safe distance from the patient and crew by farm staff and family.
Philip Bridle, DLRAA Paramedic said: “Livestock can cause us problems whether or not they have been involved in the accident we are attending. In this case the bull was certainly big enough to cause concern but had already been enclosed in a barn away from the patient and the helicopter.
“We often land in fields for equestrian incidents where there may be other horses grazing freely nearby. We have to be conscious on the approach not to spook them into running out of control. Our priority is to balance landing near the incident with keeping the patient, bystanders and the crew safe.
“Cows are naturally curious so if we land in a corner of a field where they are grazing we have to make sure they don’t get too close while we are at the scene as they could damage the helicopter or impend a rapid airlift.”