Rider found after three days in a ditch

Broken ribs, hypothermia, but still alive

Posted: 18 September 2012
by Visordown News

THE BBC is reporting that a 40-year-old rider has been found lying in a ditch three days after crashing his bike on a deserted stretch of road.

The unnamed rider from Goole, East Yorkshire, crashed while riding on Tuesday, September 11, apparently hitting a sign on the A614 north of Thorne and ending up 200 metres further down the road, lying in water at the bottom of a six-foot-deep ditch.

A massive search including the use of a helicopter for three days resulted in the man finally being discovered on September 14.

He was said to be conscious when found, but suffering broken ribs and hypothermia, and is now being treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

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Why did they not use the thermal image camera on the helicopter?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:41

and why was a picture of a crash in New Zealand used (bike in tree) from earlier this year?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:53

Think Aki's right with the thermal issues.

Wonder if he didn't have a mobile phone with him?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 13:54

The mobile might not have been much use if it's been submerged in water as well.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 14:12

Poor sod, glad he's on the mend!!!

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:20

Lucky sod. Wonder how the accident happened, though? Seems odd to hit a sign? Those are usually not in the road?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:48

On one of these police camera shows, some chavs crashed a car and tried to scarper.
It was winter and they hid in a ditch that was filled with water and got caught due to thermal image cam.

Hypothermia sets in when your body temp goes below 35 degrees C, get much below this and you are not going to survive.

Therefore the thermal camera would definitely have worked, as the water would not have been much higher than 20 c - most likely much lower.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:40

I am trying sooo hard not to post a cynical comment with reference to police, biker,?????????????????
But lets hope he makes a speedy recovery ,could happen to any one of us ,good enough reason to have the right togs on or carry distress flares ..

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:03

Found another article which explains a lot more and also answers my thermal image camera question.

Seems nobody had any idea where he was, so hats off to the coppers for a good job well done!


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:30

...aaaand this is why I dont like riding alone

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 08:14

I like it so much

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:45

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