Marcus delivers baby 1,000ft in the air

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A PARAMEDIC helped deliver a baby on a rescue helicopter 1,000ft in the air.

The 7lb baby was delivered by winchman paramedic Marcus Wigfall, from Dronfield, on board the helicopter which was airlifting the mother-to-be from Unst, Britain’s most northerly isle, to hospital in Shetland.

Modest Marcus, aged 40, said: “To be honest I wasn’t nervous.

“It all happened so quickly and my training just kicked in.

“It all went very smoothly – there were no complications.”

The father of two added: “We knew we had about a 15 to 20-minute transfer time to the hospital but within moments of bringing the mother on board we realised we weren’t going to make it to the hospital.”

Shetland Coastguard watch manager Alex Dodge said it was the first time a baby had been born on the helicopter.

He added: “We’d like to congratulate the mother and father on the birth of their son, who is reported to be doing well.”