Burnley biker in horror smash says thanks to police helicopter crew who saved his life

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS PC Richard Stanier with Kurt Foster with the Lancashire Police Helicopter
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS PC Richard Stanier with Kurt Foster with the Lancashire Police Helicopter

A BURNLEY motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a horror road smash and had to be airlifted to hospital has thanked the police officers who saved his life.

Mr Kurt Foster (19), of Coal Clough Lane, was riding his motorcycle when it hit a tree in Bacup Road, Cliviger, on October 10th last year.

At the time, the North-West Air Ambulance was unavailable so the helicopter from the Lancashire Police Air Support Unit attended the scene and took him to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Mr Foster spent more than five months in hospital being treated for a broken left leg and serious head and liver injuries before being discharged on March 25th. He was unconscious for almost eight weeks following the accident.

Last week he travelled to Warton, Preston, to thank Captain Paul Manklow and PC Richard Stanier who were on duty at the time. He had a tour of the unit, which is based at BAE Systems, and a look inside the helicopter.

Mr Foster said: “I remember events that led up to the day of the crash but that is all – I do not remember the crash nor the events following it. I would like to thank the members of the public who I have been told assisted me at the scene, the paramedics and all other medical staff who tended to me and the police officers who dealt with the incident.

“Finally a really big thank you to the air support unit for getting me airlifted to the hospital safely and quickly – I am indebted to them as I feel they have saved my life.”

Insp. Anne White, from the air support unit, added: “Our helicopter dispatches to a range of critical incidents. It can get to any area in Lancashire quickly, providing vital assistance in an emergency.

“In exceptional circumstances we will help to take people to hospital, which is what happened in this instance.

“We are pleased that Kurt has now made a full recovery and that we were able to provide vital assistance to him on the evening of the accident.”