“Fortunately, this is an exception, the police were on the scene, so they solved it right away,” regional rescue spokesman Ivo Novák told iDNES.cz.
The rescuers from Králové Hradec were landing at a traffic accident in Nové Město nad Metují, at that moment the first car passed directly under them.
“While the paramedics were tending to the injured cyclist who had been knocked down, another unruly driver repeatedly tried to pass the working paramedics in close proximity to the stationary helicopter. Leaving aside the possible amount of damage to the machine, the price of which is around 150 million crowns, we must also mention that any potential damage to it means a necessary safety shutdown and demanding service. And, in extreme cases, also limiting the availability of the air rescue service,” the rescuers described on Facebook.
Air rescuers from Králové Hradec had to face several unpleasant complications today when responding to a traffic accident in Nové Město nad Metují.
The first of them occurred immediately upon landing. One of the drivers passing by the scene of the accident was in such a hurry that he considered it necessary to pass through the area under the landing Kryštof 6.
While the paramedics were tending to the injured cyclist who had been hit, another unruly driver repeatedly tried to drive past the working paramedics… in close proximity to a stationary helicopter. Leaving aside the possible amount of damage to the machine, the price of which is around 150 million crowns, we must also mention that any potential damage to it means a necessary safety shutdown and demanding service. And in extreme cases, the limitation of the availability of the air ambulance service!
The driver in a hurry did not let the pilot or the rescuer explain the unreasonableness of his actions and continued to try to pass the helicopter. Therefore, only the present police had to intervene, and they expelled the driver from the scene with appropriate force.
September 2, 2022 at 4:07 p.m., post archived: September 4, 2022 at 2:25 p.m.
The pilot and paramedic tried to explain to the driver to wait that he could not pass the helicopter. Only the present police expelled the driver from the scene.
The rescuers highlight considerate people and thank all disciplined people who help them in their work. “Maybe “just” by stopping in an orderly manner and not endangering a landing helicopter or a passing ambulance. If you see a yellow helicopter landing somewhere in the city or by the roadside, it is certainly not just for the pleasure of its crew. You never know if it happens to fly to one of your loved ones,” they add.
In this particular case, according to Novák’s information, the patient was not threatened by the drivers’ behavior. “There was no delay in the aid provided, or at least I have no information about it,” added Novák. According to the newsroom, the cyclist was unconscious and bleeding.
In the Hradec Králové region, unruly drivers have never damaged a helicopter. However, Novák added that there are known cases from abroad where even the damage to the helicopter was significant.
“If the helicopter’s engines and rotating parts are still running, any contact with this part can lead to the helicopter overturning,” pointed out Novák.
Hundreds of people shared and commented on the post of the rescuers. They believe that the driver should be punished with at least a fine.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to find out today how it was with the specific driver who wanted to pass the helicopter,” regional police spokeswoman Iva Kormošová told iDNES.cz.