Injured soldier thanks medics

From left, Judith Osborne, Josh Osborne and Colin Osborne
From left, Judith Osborne, Josh Osborne and Colin Osborne

The family of a Morpeth man who was airlifted after an accident at an army base has thanked the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) for flying to his aid.

Soldier Josh Osborne suffered back, chest and facial injuries when a military vehicle rolled over at the Warcop Training Area, near Appleby in Cumbria, on June 4.

GNAAS were tasked with flying to the base and assessed the casualties before airlifting the 22-year-old to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The a lance corporal and weapons instructor with the Light Dragoons, who completed a tour of Afghanistan last year, has now moved out of the intensive care unit and hopes to be able to leave hospital to recuperate at home soon.

His father, Colin Osborne, said: “His recovery so far has been remarkable. I know without the prompt attention of the air ambulance things could have been different.

“I believe it was 35 minutes from the initial call to arriving at James Cook, which is a credit to the organisation and amazing aircrew on board.

“No words can really express our thanks to the charity for their speed and professionalism shown.”