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Ambulance appeal to trace ‘blue angels’ rally drivers

03 December 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) has praised the actions and launched an appeal to trace two rally drivers using the back roads of Surrey who came to the rescue of ambulance clinicians treating a young woman.

Student paramedic, Andy Bawler and paramedic, Tracey Dale from Godstone Ambulance Station tackled the severe weather conditions yesterday afternoon, (2 December) to reach Jess Gibson, 20, who was suffering from abdomen pain, at a remote address down a half-mile track in Upper Gatton, Surrey.

Tracey and Andy assessed Jess and decided she needed hospital treatment but it proved difficult to turn their vehicle around and return back down the track, despite a number of people on scene attempting to help dig a clear route through the snow.

That was until, much to everyone’s surprise, the two rally drivers, believed to be Scandinavian, arrived at the scene in two blue 4x4 Subaru Impreza cars, thinking it to be a through route.

The pair, dressed in blue, used their vehicles, which were fitted with severe weather gear including snow tyres, to pull the ambulance clear and tow it back down the track towards the A217.

Andy praised their actions and is keen to trace the drivers. He said: “I had started to wonder how long it was going to take us to get free when I turned round and suddenly saw the rally cars driving towards us. I couldn’t believe it. Their sat navs had taken them down the dead-end track thinking it was a through road. They jumped out and didn’t hesitate to offer to help. They had all the gear and showed great determination and enthusiasm to help us all.

“It still took a while to get free but the cars did the business and before long I was being dragged at what felt like high speed back up the track. Tracey, Jess and her mum all had their eyes shut either through nervousness or prayer as both the ambulance and rally car made to the relatively clear roads beyond the track.”

The ambulance made it safely to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where Jess was able to receive further treatment.

Jess’s mum Brenda said: “I’m really grateful for everyone’s help. The rally drivers were our blue angels! Jess is being kept under observation in hospital but is doing well. My husband, John and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved. Jess certainly had her prayers answered.”

Andy added: “I did ask the guys for their names but in all the action didn’t write them down. I’d really like to properly thank them for their amazing help. It feels like someone might just have been looking down on us. We’re glad we were able to get to hospital where Jess could be treated further and wish her all the best in her recovery.”

If you can help us trace the drivers please contact SECAmb on 01737 363888 or email

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