Life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance shown on TV again
The dramatic rescue of a cyclist after a high-speed crash features in the new series of the reality TV programme, which starts its second series at 9pm on Really.
Triathlete, cyclist and endurance runner Tom Phillips was on a 130-mile cycle ride through the Yorkshire Dales when he lost control on the steep Buttertubs Pass descent and smashed into a drystone wall.
He suffered a broken neck, spine, sternum, several ribs and collarbone in the crash.
The journey by road would have taken an hour-and-a-half.
The 53-year-old underwent seven hours of surgery to repair his back and collarbone, with metal rods inserted on either side of his spine.
He was back on a bike within three months and has since raised Â£3,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The first episode of the new series also features an elderly dairy farmer attacked by one of his own herd and a crash on the A1 in which a car careered over a bridge and burst into flames on the motorway below, trapping the driver.
Helicopter ER is made by York-based Air Television, which recently won two Royal Television Society awards for the first series.