West Midlands Medics Awarded For Saving Alton Towers Crash Victims

Medics who saved the lives of the people trapped on a rollercoaster in Alton Towers have been honoured for their bravery.

The three men have been given a 'Pride of Britain award' which recognises courage, selflessness and achievement against the odds.

Army doctor Major David Cooper, 34, and aircrew paramedic Tom Waters, 27, were on duty with Midlands Air Ambulance when they were called to Alton Towers following the crash on the Smiler ride on June 2.

Dr Ben Clark, 40, a volunteer with North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctors, was also part of the emergency response team.

Despite having limited rope training, they ignored health and safety rules to climb the structure to save the lives of the trapped victims.

All three said they did not think twice about risking their own lives - especially when they realised how serious the situation was for Leah Washington, 18, who had suffered a life0-threatening injury.

Their efforts included a partial amputation at a height of 35ft-40ft and carrying out a life-saving blood transfusion while she was still trapped.

Mr Waters said ``the need outweighed the risk'' while Mr Cooper added: ``We just did what we needed to do.''

The men spent four precarious hours tending to the most seriously injured, and did not come down from the rollercoaster until the victims were freed.

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