Teenage boy fights for life after falling 55ft from roof of multi-storey car park ‘in his school uniform’
- Crasswell Street car park in Portsmouth city centre shut at around 8.10am today
- An air ambulance landed to transport the boy to Southampton General Hospital
- The boy, aged between 12 and 13, sustained life-threatening injuries from the fall
- One witness told how her sister found the young boy while walking to work today
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Published: 05:46 EDT, 12 June 2019 | Updated: 08:33 EDT, 12 June 2019
A teenage boy is fighting for his life after falling 55ft from the roof of a multi-storey car park this morning while ‘wearing his school uniform’.
Emergency services were sent to the Crasswell Street car park in Portsmouth city centre at around 8.10am following reports a young boy had fallen.
The car park was shut as an air ambulance landed and took the boy, aged between 12 and 13, to Southampton General Hospital.
A police cordon has been set up around Crasswell Street car park in Portsmouth after a boy fell from the roof this morning. Officers were called at around 8.10am
The car park was shut as an air ambulance (pictured) landed and took the boy, aged between 12 and 13, to Southampton General Hospital
A store security guard said he saw the schoolboy lying on the ground, surrounded by paramedics.
The male guard, in his 30s, who works at the Tesco store by the car park, said: ‘I got called to go outside the shop briefly by police.
‘The boy was lying there in his school uniform, but that’s all I saw as I had to come back in and look after the shop.’
Another witness told the Portsmouth News that her sister, who is a nurse, found the boy while walking to work, saying: ‘She saw something was wrong and went to help.
‘She’s a real good Samaritan. She said he’s in a critical condition and has been taken by air ambulance to hospital.’
A resident who lives nearby added: ‘It’s so sad. It’s about the fourth time something like has happened in two years.’
South Central Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.06am, following reports a teenage male had fallen from the car park.
A spokesman said: ‘We sent an ambulance, a paramedic team leader in a rapid response vehicle and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to the scene.
‘The patient was a boy aged 12 to 13 and he had sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of the fall.
‘After treatment at the scene he was then flown to University Hospital Southampton’s major trauma unit.’
South Central Ambulance Service said that a boy, aged between 12 and 13, had sustained life-threatening injuries after falling from the car park roof (pictured)
Police were also sent to the scene, and set up a cordon around the entrance to the car park. Officers have informed the child’s next of kin.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We were called at 8.10am this morning to a report that a boy had fallen from the roof of the car park.
‘We have no further details on his condition at this time. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.’
Stephen Morgan, the MP for Portsmouth South, tweeted his sympathies to the family of the teenager in the hours after the incident.
He said: ‘My thoughts are with the teenager and his family who is suffering life-threatening injuries following a fall from a multi-storey car park in Crasswell Street.
‘My thanks as ever to all the emergency service staff involved.’
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