AN URBAN SEARCH and rescue (USAR) team had to be called to a flat in Grays to assist with the removal of a thirty-stone man.
Ambulance crews had attended at Russet House in Falcon Avenue, Grays on Saturday afternoon to take the 53-year-old morbidly-obese man to Basildon hospital with dignity and without causing damage to the structure of the housing association owned flats.
The USAR team arrived at the scene at 14:30 hrs with specialist rescue equipment. Firefighters have requested the attendance of the Ambulance Service’s Hart team who have special bariatric stretchers.
The casualty was eventually removed from the building in a delicate rescue operation involving a rescue path and a specialist bariatric stretcher.
He was taken to Basildon Hospital by Ambulance at around 16:00 hrs where a fire crew from Basildon Fire Station stood by to assist in getting the casualty out of the vehicle and into the hospital for medical attention.