HSE considers security measures after attack on crew

TWO ambulance crew attacked by an angry mob, during an emergency call to Southhill on Thursday night, were back on duty in Limerick yesterday.

Improved security measurers are being considered by the Health Services Executive to safeguard its emergency teams — but services will not be withdrawn.

One of the two emergency medical technicians required treatment at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital for cuts and bruises.

A baseball bat had been used in the attack during which the ambulance was showered with rocks and other missiles.

A spokesman for the HSE said both EMTs were shocked and distressed by the incident.

The HSE emphasised it is drawing up plans to improve security for ambulance personnel when on calls.

The spokesman said there was no question of the HSE withdrawing ambulance service to any area and this had been only the second attack on ambulance personnel in the Mid-West this year.

The ambulance crew went to assist a girl who had collapsed.

Meanwhile, an airline cabin crew member, who was brutally assaulted in a four-star Limerick hotel on Tuesday, by a suspected drink-fuelled Traveller, has returned home to the US.

The woman who was staying in the South Court Hotel with other ATA flight crew members was approached by her assailant as she sat in the hotel restaurant.

In an effort to avoid his persistent advances, she went to a ladies’ toilet, where she was followed by the man who beat and kicked her.

Such were her injuries that she was brought to the A&E department at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where she was treated over a number of hours.

Inspector Gerry McNamara of Roxboro Road station said yesterday: “We are working on some very good CCTV footage we got at the hotel and would expect an early breakthrough in this investigation.

“This was a totally unprovoked attack.”

The perpetrator of the attack was in the hotel with other Travellers after attending a funeral.

Rick Hightower, corporate communications manager with the airline said it is too early to say if they will move crews who stop over at Shannon, to another hotel.

He said: “We will be contacting the hotel and getting an investigation report to see what happened and address issues to ensure this does not happen again.”

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