A VULNERABLE man was airlifted to hospital by the Cheshire police helicopter after he was found collapsed by the roadside.
The helicopter had been dispatched to help officers search for a 55-year-old Chester man who had been reported missing just after 5.30pm on Saturday.
It was known the missing man suffers from Parkinson’s and there were concerns that he had not been seen for some hours and had no medication with him.
Within minutes, the helicopter spotted the man collapsed in a gateway of a field off Parkgate Road, Saughall.
Using the onboard camera equipment, the helicopter crew could tell the man was in a frail state and decided to land in an adjacent field and make an assessment of his condition.
The helicopter crew are trained North West Ambulance first responders and found him to be dehydrated and weak.
The decision was made to transfer him immediately to the Countess of Chester Hospital using the police helicopter and his family was informed.
The £5.3m Eurocopter arrived in April as a replacement for the force plane.