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Bike crash schoolboy thanks rescuers
A WEST Dorset schoolboy is recovering after his quick-thinking friends helped save him after a cycling accident.
Frank Baxter, 14, was airlifted to hospital after being knocked unconscious when he lost his balance while cycling on a hillside near Loders on Saturday.
He landed with his face in the mud and his BMX landed on top of him.
The Colfox School student had been biking with his two friends James Millar, 14, and Tom Hughes, 12, at the time.
He was unconscious for several minutes, went white in the face and there was a lot of blood from his mouth and nose.
His friends put him in the recovery position and covered him in jackets before calling an ambulance.
Mum Alison said they did a fantastic job.
She said: “They were brilliant in the way they looked after Frank.”
The ambulance couldn’t reach the scene of the accident so the crew put Frank on a stretcher and called Portland Coastguard.
With the aid of family friends and the ambulance crew, Frank was carried down the hill to a place where the helicopter could winch him and take him to Dorset County Hospital.
Frank was given an x ray and MRI scan and no spinal injuries were found but he needed surgery for his wounds.
Alison said she was extremely grateful to all the emergency services and said they had all done an ‘amazing job’.
She said: “The staff at DCH were just fantastic, so careful, so attentive and kept me informed all the time.”
She added: “Everyone was just fantastic with looking after him and making sure he was okay.”
Frank said he would like to thank the helicopter crew, staff at DCH, his family and, of course, his friends.
He was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening and is doing well, he has even been tinkering with his BMX bike already.
Alison said that Frank will be absolutely fine and was very lucky.
She said: “Thank goodness it wasn’t worse and he’s come off very well under the circumstances.
“He was very lucky.”
Following the accident Alison and Frank are backing calls to save the threatened Portland Coastguard Helicopter.
Alison said: “I think we are incredibly lucky to have it. It would be a shame to lose it.”
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