Miracle survival of blast soldier

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A SOLDIER from north Derbyshire has become the first British serviceman to survive a double Taliban bomb blast – and walk away without a scratch.

Private Jordan Crowder, of Walton, Chesterfield, was hurled backwards in the first blast, while the second explosion swept his feet from under him.

As he tumbled through smoke and debris, the 20 year-old Second Battalion The Mercian Regiment soldier, feared he had lost his legs and was about to reach for tourniquets in his pocket.

But when he looked he realised he was unharmed – and the first Brit to survive a double improvised explosive device strike while on foot patrol in Afghanistan.

Amazingly, he escaped without a scratch despite the safety catch being torn from his rifle.

Bomb disposal experts think heavy rain the day before meant the soil soaked up more energy and shrapnel than usual.

The incident happened near Nar-e Saraj in Helmand during Jason’s first tour of duty.

He was making his way through a field when an insurgent set off the bombs.

Jordan said: “One of the guys had seen somebody running behind a wall watching us. Something clearly wasn’t right.

“As we started to move off I can remember the commander signalling to the soldier behind me. Then two IEDs went off.

“The force of the first hit me in the face, turning my head to one side.

“But I couldn’t see anything, it was just black. The rear one took my legs.

“I was just falling and I remember thinking ‘that’s my legs gone’ because I just couldn’t help falling. It was very strange but very lucky. It knocked out all my senses.

“You just don’t know what is going on, although I could hear rounds coming down on us.”

Jordan was left stranded between the craters left by the mines. He crawled to cover as his patrol prepared to return to their camp just 300 metres away.

After getting first-aid at his checkpoint base, he was back on patrol two days later.

Jordan added: “You do understand the threat when you come here but you never think it’s going to be you – you can’t think like that. For it to be that close is a big shock to the system.”

His mum Melanie, 43, said: “Someone was definitely looking down on him that day.”

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