A women’s rugby team was praised after its members “climbed a barbed wire fence” and “crawled through bushes” to rescue four people from a car accident they witnessed.
The Women’s Trowbridge Rugby Team were completing their regular training session on an opposite field when they heard the clash on Wednesday evening (8 August).
When they rushed to the scene to investigate, they found a vehicle turned on its side containing four people – two of whom were just 16 years old. Two had already managed to flee the scene, but the driver and passenger were still trapped inside.
Faced with various injuries, some of which were life-threatening, the team organized en masse to help with a decision that “undoubtedly saved lives.”
The players assembled the fifteen to twenty-strong team and set out to “select the injured,” according to Trowbridge Police. They made a “makeshift tourniquet from the laces of their rugby shoes and the players’ jerseys” to treat a “catastrophic” bleeding suffered by one of the passengers to the arm.
Elsewhere, players supported the heads of two others injured with spinal injuries, using floor mats, pieces of carpet and a duvet to support passengers and keep them off the cold floor.
When rescuers arrived, they were escorted to the scene of the accident by observers stationed by the group on the main road and assisted in treating the passengers, “holding IV lines and flashlights and continuing to calm the injured.”
“Without their help, this could very easily have ended fatally. “It was a fantastic show of support from this rugby side,” said Trowbridge Police.
“It was humbling to see members of the public coming together to help fellow citizens.”
Meanwhile, the elderly ladies of Trowbridge praised the group for their courage and called them “heroes”.
“They climbed over a barbed wire fence and crawled through nettle bushes to provide life-saving first aid to people in the car,” read a statement posted on the club’s Instagram page.
“The team wishes all four people a speedy recovery!
“To the women involved: the courage and teamwork you showed was amazing. Not all heroes wear cloaks. They also wear rugby shirts.”
England Rugby also praised the team for their performances, calling them “incredible”. “Everyone at England Rugby wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” read their official account, with rugby teams from Bath, Avonmouth, Bournemouth and Cardiff also joining in the praise.