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July 19, 2013
Coroner slams medics who refused to jump into ditch to rescue dying man
WEST SOMERSET, England — A furious coroner has attacked paramedics who left an accident victim drowning in a ditch because they did not want to breach health and safety rules.
Michael Rose spoke out after hearing how the emergency team refused to treat Michael Thornton as he lay stricken in the 10ft-wide channel.
The 30-year-old farmer was knocked unconscious when the Land Rover Discovery he was in crashed and turned upside down in the water. But when an ambulance team arrived, they carried out a “risk assessment” and decided it was unsafe to enter the ditch.