Barmaid comes to rescue of Bishop's Cleeve man after ice fall
BARMAID Beth Reed, 20, came to the rescue of Paul Enstone when he was left lying in the freezing snow late at night after a nasty fall.
AFTER falling on the ice, Paul was left waiting for almost two hours for an ambulance.
Barmaid Beth Reed kept the 33-year-old warm after finding him in the snow while they waited for help to arrive.
Paramedics had told Beth, who works at the Royal Oak, not to move Paul as he had hurt his lower back. They warned that there could be permanent damage if she tried to help him get to somewhere warm.
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Instead, the 20-year-old, along with pub landlord Charles Broom, used their coats to keep him warm.
Paul fell over in Tobyfield Road at 11.30pm on Friday on his way home after leaving the Royal Oak pub.
The fall had caused a small injury to his lower back.
Paul said: "I wouldn't have known what to do if it hadn't been for Beth. I didn't know what the problem was, but I couldn't move my right leg."
Paul suffered rib and facial injuries from the fall.
Beth said: "I saw him lying there, but I couldn't move him because he had injured his lower back.
"We just propped him up, but I'm sure anybody else would have done the same."
An ambulance sent to rescue Paul took nearly two hours to arrive. A paramedic was sent to the scene, but could not move Paul because he was in a rapid-response vehicle.
Paul said: "I have no idea why it took so long.
"What if it had been something more serious? It was a good thing Beth and Chris were there.
"She was great, and actually stayed with me in the hospital until morning."
A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service said: "The adverse weather that arrived on Friday clearly had an impact on us but our focus was on providing a safe and effective 999 service, ensuring those most in need of clinical care were prioritised.
"Inevitably, driving and road conditions meant it took us longer to reach patients, while, once on the scene, safely moving patients requiring hospital treatment also took that bit longer."