Man trapped under 80-foot tree at Ottery is rescued by members of the public and firefighters

A man trapped under an 80-foot tree in woodland at Ottery St Mary on Monday evening was freed by members of the public and firefighters.

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary were called to Holcombe Lane, in the town, at around 5.45pm, after the ambulance service reported a man was trapped beneath a tree and could not get himself out.

The Ottery fire crew gave the man first aid until paramedics arrived and helped carry the casualty from the woods to the ambulance.

A fire service spokesperson said: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from the ambulance service requesting fire assistance with a medical call.

“The ambulance service reported one male trapped underneath an eighty-foot tree and unable to self-rescue.

“Fire control immediately mobilised one fire appliance from Ottery, two fire appliances from Honiton and the heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor to assist at this incident.

“On arrival the incident commander confirmed one male was trapped underneath a tree.

“Firefighters and members of the public released the male.

“The incident commander confirmed no further appliances where required at the incident.

“Firefighters administered first aid until the ambulance arrived on scene.

“The firefighters assisted the ambulance crew with carrying the male from the woods to the ambulance.

“Duty of care was left with ambulance paramedics.”

An Ottery fire station spokesman said: “We quickly got to work by administering first aid to the casualty until the ambulance arrived on scene and also assisted with the removal of the casualty to the ambulance.

“We hope that the individual has a quick recovery.”

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