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Ambulance service thanks ‘blue angels’ rally drivers

17 December 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) has now tracked down and is praising the actions of two rally drivers using the back roads of Surrey in the recent severe weather who came to the rescue of ambulance clinicians treating a young woman.

Following a helpful tip off from a local journalist, the Trust was able to trace the duo - Tomasz Wielgosz and his friend Dariusz and thank them for their actions.

SECAmb launched an appeal to trace the pair after they came to the aid of student paramedic, Andy Bawler and paramedic, Tracy Dale from Godstone Ambulance Station when they were tackling severe weather conditions on 2 December.

Andy and Tracy were treating 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 had reached and assessed Jess and decided she needed hospital treatment but it proved difficult to turn their vehicle around in the thick snow until, much to everyone’s surprise, Tomasz and Dariusz arrived at the scene in two blue 4x4 Subaru Impreza cars.

The pair 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 so Jess could continue her journey to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill to be treated. She is now back home recovering.

Tomasz, of Seatbelt Services Ltd in Willesden, originally from Poland said: “I’m just happy we were able to help out. It was lucky we arrived on the scene at the right time. Everyone worked hard together and I’m pleased that Jess was able to get to hospital.”

Andy said: “The guys jumped out and didn’t hesitate to offer to help. They showed great determination and enthusiasm and we’re all extremely grateful. They should be very proud.”

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