Walkers help rescue woman in path fall
TWO men from west Cornwall helped rescue a woman after she fell from a remote loch-side path in Scotland and injured her back.
Bobby Vanderplank, from Carbis Bay, and Ian Harvey, from Penzance, were trekking the West Highland Way alongside Loch Lomond when the woman fell.
They gave her immediate first aid and guided in rescue boats to the isolated spot after an ambulance and helicopter rescue were ruled out because of the terrain.
Bobby, head of motoring at The Cornishman, spent an hour and a half holding the woman immobile on the steep bank of the loch while they waited for help.
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Keen walkers Bobby and Ian, who works at City Electrical Factors in Penzance, were walking a tricky part of the 96-mile route when the incident happened.
Bobby said: "We were walking along and suddenly we heard a scream and a German tourist had gone 30 feet off the path and dropped onto her back.
"We had to run further along the path to find a way down and I dropped down about 100 feet to scramble back along to her.
"When we got to her she was lying there screaming. I asked her out of 10 how bad her pain was and she said 11 and a half so I called the emergency services.
"They asked if they'd be able to get a helicopter in but it was impossible because of the trees so they said they'd send a boat."
Bobby, who stayed with the woman as her husband looked on from the path above while Ian went off to guide in the rescuers, had to reassure her, keep her from moving and make sure she stayed conscious.
He said: "She wanted to get up and move so I had to lock my leg around a tree and hold her there so that she didn't fall any further. I then had to hold her hand for an hour and a half, checking her pulse and making sure she was warm enough.
"There wasn't time to be nervous when it first happened because it was so quick but it was scary sitting with her waiting because it was just the two of us, nobody could get to us from the path."
Three boats turned up, but then disappeared further up the shore.
Bobby said: "The police, local ranger service and St John's Ambulance arrived, but although we'd tried to describe where we were, they initially started searching further up the loch."
After the German couple were taken off by boat, Bobby and Ian continued their trek.
Bobby said: "We caught up with them two days later in a restaurant. She said she had been taken to hospital and kept in for tests overnight but her rucksack had saved her when she landed on it. It was totally crushed. As a result she had no broken bones, but she was completely black with bruising all up her back. They'd decided to stay on for the rest of their holiday but she wasn't doing any more walking."