PARAMEDICS have been assisting a man in Sandown this afternoon after he become ill while erecting scaffolding on the Island’s tallest building and was saved dramatically by his colleagues.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance were called shortly before 13:00 after receiving reports that a man was suffering from chest pains and had collapsed while erecting scaffolding at Napoleon’s Landing on Sandown seafront. Crews raced to the scene and landed safely on the beach beside the town’s iconic Sandown Pier.

The 45-year-old man was rescued by fellow workers after they carried him along the scaffolding, over a balcony and into the living room of one of the apartments, much to the residents surprise.

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Crews from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service arrived on the scene at 13:20 to assist their mainland counterparts in treating the unfortunate man, who is said to be in a stable condition.

Due to the wet sand, the air ambulance was unable to stay on the beach and headed to Sandown Airport for more firmer ground while waiting for the paramedic crew to be brought back to the helicopter.

After being made comfortable, the man was transferred to St Mary’s Hospital by land ambulance.

The air ambulance left Sandown Airport at 14:10, not before giving Island Echo a wave.

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