Helicopter to hospital – leg pierced: farmer saved by comrades


A particularly dramatic rescue operation required the fire brigade on Saturday evening in Windigsteig in the Lower Austrian district of Waidhofen an der Thaya. Because in this case the Florianis had to come to the aid of their own comrade. The 32-year-old was seriously injured in an accident while working on his farm.

A member of the local fire brigade was in the garden when he suddenly heard shocking screams in the distance. He immediately searched and found one of his comrades trapped about 300 meters away.

The 32-year-old became trapped between the tow bar and the tractor while uncoupling a round baler. The hook of the drawbar had gone completely through the farmer’s left leg.

Floriani was helplessly trapped
The man was seriously injured and simply stuck, tormented by pain, he repeatedly desperately called for help. Fortunately, the screams were immediately heard by his neighboring comrade. When he finally found the farmer at the scene of the accident, he called 911 and immediately began administering first aid. Meanwhile, three fire brigades with a total of 43 men, emergency doctors, Red Cross paramedics and a rescue helicopter rushed to the scene of the accident.

First, the round baler was secured against further slipping, and then the comrade was rescued from his distress with “great care and painstaking work,” explains Stefan Mayer from the Waidhofen an der Thaya district fire command. After about an hour, the seriously injured man was flown to hospital by emergency helicopter.

Dramatic hours for rescue workers
“It was an extremely tragic rescue operation for the emergency services because it was their own comrade,” Mayer confirmed. The police and fire brigade were at work for about 2.5 hours.

Source: Krone


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