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25 Percent of Ambulance 999 Calls Due to Bad Weather

15 June 2007

15 June 2007

Yorkshire Ambulance Service's communication centre in Rotherham has seen around 75 weather-related calls today. A number of road traffic accidents have occurred throughout the day with cars either being stuck in floodwaters or going off the road.

In South Yorkshire there have been two separate incidents of boys being swept away in rivers.

Crews were called to Park Green, Cowley Lane in Chapeltown where a fourteen year old boy was pulled from the water and taken by ambulance to Sheffield Children's Hospital.

In another incident crews were called to Swallow Hill Farm in Barugh Green in Barnsley. Two fifteen year old boys were rescued from the river and taken by ambulance to Barnsley District Hospital. They're believed to be suffering from hypothermia.

Despite the number of road closures operating across Yorkshire the service is coping well.

Notes to Editors:
1. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) operates 60 Ambulance Stations throughout the county, with its main headquarters in Wakefield. It holds a budget of ?147 million. YAS was formed on 1 July 2006 when Tees, East and North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Ambulance Services merged. The Service serves a population of 5.4 million people and covers varying terrain from coastal areas, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses covering an area of 6,000 square miles.

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