Air Ambulance has attended 10 incidents in County Antrim

Air Ambulance crew scrambling.
Air Ambulance crew scrambling.

Air Ambulance NI began its operations just seven weeks ago and is already making a life-saving impact. 

AANI Chief Executive Patrick Minne revealed the County Antrim-based service has already been tasked 47 times, including 10 missions to its home county.

Patrick said: “Road traffic collisions account for nearly three quarters of the deployments, with the rest split between agricultural, industrial, domestic and sports accidents. Seventy-seven of the calls come from rural areas.”

The service was actually tasked for its first mission ahead of its official launch when a call was received to Northern Ireland Ambulance Service about 11-year-old Conor McMullan who was injured in a tractor accident near Castlewellan. The doctor and paramedic team were on site within minutes and able to treat and stabilise Conor at the scene, before flying him to Belfast in a journey lasting eight minutes. He is now recovering well.

The Air Ambulance NI service is provided seven days a week during daylight hours and as a local charity needs £2m a year to keep it going. Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising, said: “Any one of us might need it, so it’s vital we keep the service going. The challenge is to raise the £2m to keep it here. That’s why we’re encouraging workplaces to have coffee mornings, community groups to hold events, and individuals to make a donation or volunteer.”

Donations can be made on-line at www.airambulanceni.org and you can call the charity on 028 92622677 or email info@airambulanceni.org.