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Air Ambulance Scilly missions revealed

Cornwall Air Ambulance flew 15 missions to the Isles of Scilly in the first half of this year.

These were among a total of 387 missions for the six-month period.

Of the 15 to Scilly, three were cardiac related, eight were medical (for example neurological, respiratory etc), one was a trauma (for example road traffic collision, industrial, sport etc) and three were intra-hospital transfers. Three were visitors to the islands and ten were afternoon/evening callouts. All rescues were for people over 50 years of age.

It takes the Cornwall Air Ambulance MD02 Explorer helicopter an average of 12 minutes to fly to someone in urgent need of medical care anywhere on mainland Cornwall and around 30 minutes to get to the Isles of Scilly.

The organisation receives no direct government funding or National Lottery grants and therefore relies on public support to raise the £3 million needed to keep the helicopter and crew flying each year.

Chief executive Paula Martin said: “It was a busy first six months of the year for Cornwall Air Ambulance and if the missions continue at this rate, we are on course to surpass last year’s total of 774. But the numbers only tell part of the story.

“Behind each mission statistic is a loved one in urgent need of medical care. For them, the sound of the air ambulance arriving truly is a lifeline. But not a single mission could have been flown without donations and support from Cornwall’s residents and visitors to the county. I would urge people to go to the Cornwall Air Ambulance website and use the new Direct Debit service to give whatever they can each month to keep their ambulance flying and saving lives.” You can also help by taking part in the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust lottery, details of which can be found at

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