AN elderly man was seriously injured when his mobility scooter reportedly ran out of control down the steep bank of Lister Gardens in Lyme Regis, crashing onto the flat roof area above Marine Parade.
Devon Air Ambulance was called to the scene in the late afternoon of Wednesday, landing on Anning Road playing field, and three paramedics rushed from the helicopter to the scene.
After being treated on the scene the man was taken to hospital via land ambulance.
Lyme Regis co-responders also attended and the fire engine was mobilised to help due to access issues on the seafront.
They remained on the scene to help transport the casualty and air crew.
The ambulance service released the following statement: “We were called on Wednesday at 3.48pm about an incident in the area of Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. We were informed someone had crashed their mobility scooter.
“We treated a male patient at the scene who was injured and not responding properly, and transported him to hospital by land ambulance for further care.”
Lister Gardens is owned by Lyme Regis Town Council, which released the following statement on the accident: “We are very concerned to hear about this accident, and very concerned for the health and well-being of the person involved.
“At this point we have had no details from the emergency services of the cause and nature of the accident. “Our thoughts and best wishes go to the person involved and our thanks to the emergency services for their response.”
The safety of the gardens and flat roof have recently been called into question, with some councillors concerned that events should no longer be held in the area because of possible damage to new glass balustrades, a panel of which was smashed by a stone last year with some shattered glass falling onto a family on the seafront below.
It was also recently suggested that a low fence or hedging could be planted at the bottom of the grass bank to stop items such as footballs and skateboards from falling over the edge onto Marine Parade.
Council officers are currently working on a management plan for the area.