Air-ambulance rescues sick Dutch holiday-makers
The EuroCross has set up an air-ambulance service to fly sick or injured holiday-makers from Turkey.8 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The EuroCross emergency medical centre has set up an air-ambulance service to fly sick and injured holiday-makers from Turkey to the Netherlands.
It has already brought five patients on stretchers back to Eindhoven from the Turkish seaside resort of Antalya.
During the busy summer period, scheduled flights from the popular European holiday destinations are frequently overbooked.
This often means that sick or injured Dutch citizens must wait a long time before they can go home. For individuals who can only travel lying down, it's even worse.
So far this summer, EuroCross says it has received 20 percent more requests for help from abroad. Most came from Turkey, followed by Spain, France, Greece and the United States.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]