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An experienced mountain biker had to be airlifted to hospital afterhe was injured in a terrifying crash
Top mountain biker in rescue drama
Julian Corlett re End to End Event
Published on Saturday 2 July 2011 0-1:00
AN experienced mountain biker had to be airlifted to hospital after he
was injured in a terrifying crash at a remote spot near Brandywell
Former Island Games competitor Julian Corlett, 51, of Glen Vine, was
with a group of 10 on the Cronk Breck trail at the back of Greeba
Mountain when he came off his bike in a boggy area.
His brother Chris said: ‘If he had been riding alone we might still be
looking for him now.’
The fire service had to use an all-terrain Pinzgauer vehicle to reach
him as his location was so difficult to access.
An RAF search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey was
scrambled to airlift the injured cyclist to Noble’s Hospital.
Mr Corlett, was initially thought to have a compression spine injury
but his condition is now believed to be less serious.
Elder brother Chris said: ‘It was a slow-speed incident but it again
shows the benefits of riding in a group rather than individually.
Emergency services were called to the accident scene at about 8pm on
Station officer Nigel Cain said: ‘Following a request from the Isle of
Man Ambulance service, the Fire and Rescue Service responded with one
of it six-wheel drive vehicles to recover an injured mountain biker in
the Brandywell Cottage/Colden area.
‘On arrival, after medical assessment and taking into account the
terrain, it was agreed by the emergency services that while the six-
wheeled vehicle had proven it could cope with the terrain, the
potential seriousness and the type of the male casualty’s injuries
meant that the recovery would need to be made by RAF search and rescue
helicopter to ensure the casualty was maintained in a stable
Mr Corlett is one of the most experienced mountain bikers in the
island. He is a regular top-15 finisher in the End to End challenge
and last month won the 24-hour endurance Longest Day, Longest Ride
event for the second year in succession.
He had been invited by American manufacturer Trek to test ride their
bikes in the Austrian Alps in 10 days’ time.
Only two months ago, Manx Independent sports editor John Watterson
sustained serious facial and neck injuries after coming off his
mountain bike in the Arrasey plantation near Glen Maye.
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