Why did Maura Porter have to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance?
The death in a road traffic collision of Mrs Maura Porter in December 2013 shocked the community in Carndonagh and further afield, all the more so when it emerged that the 70 year-old had waited 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
The Ambulance Service’s targetted response time is just 19 minutes.
Records released following a freedom of information request has allowed the Inishowen Independent to piece together the chain of events that led to the ambulance delay that still gnaws at her family some 15 months later.
Inside today, we reveal how the Ambulance Service failed to send an emergency vehicle to Inishowen when the Carndonagh ambulance responded to a call at Malin Head less than an hour befor Mrs Porter was struck and fatally injured.
We also reveal how two emergency vehicles – an ambulance and a rescue helicopter – attended that incident at Malin Head with neither Ambulance Control nor the Malin Head Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre aware that the other organisation had an asset at the scene.
This chain of events left Carndonagh without emergency ambulance cover at the very time when it was so desperately needed, and has left a bereaved family with enduring and unanswered questions.