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Army captain loses his leg on Cresta Toboggan Run
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:28:44 AM »
Army captain loses his leg on Cresta Run

By Stephen Adams



An Army captain survived a six month tour of Iraq unscathed only to have his leg torn off attempting the famous Cresta Run in Switzerland.
    
The Cresta Run, where Captain Bernie Bambury crashed
The Cresta Run is so fast that tobogganists must control their approaches through the turns or risk being flung out of the ice gully

Captain Bernie Bambury, 32, lost his right leg below the knee after he hit a marker post at a speed of up to 80mph on the 4,000ft-long tobogganing course in St Moritz. His leg was shattered and severed hundreds of yards from the finish.

But the brave soldier, from 4th Battalion The Rifles, completed the run before asking friends: "Is my ankle broken?"

He then heard the horrifying reply: "It's not broken, it's gone."

The Army officer underwent nine operations by medics who tried to sew the limb back on but Capt Bambury was told it might take two years for him to walk again and he was unlikely to regain full mobility. As a result he gave the order for surgeons to cut it off, preferring the certainty of recovery with a false leg.

Capt Bambury, who is based at Bulford in Wiltshire, said: "The overwhelming balance of medical advice was that amputation and a prosthetic limb would give me the best prospects for the rest of my life and the swiftest return to duty.

"Keeping my foot could have taken up to two years to succeed with a minimal chance of success. I am looking forward to starting my rehabilitation."

He is now at the Headley Court military rehabilitation centre near Leatherhead, Surrey, which has gained a strong reputation for helping those with multiple injuries and fitting soldiers with prosthetic limbs.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "This was a tragic accident and Capt Bambury has taken a brave decision on medical advice to amputate his foot. We hope he is able to make a swift recovery and wish him all the best for his rehabilitation at Headley Court."

The Cresta Run has a long association with the British Army, being created by Major WH Bulpetts and Caspar Badrutt, owner of the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, in 1884.

Since then many officers have taken the opportunity to try their skill at the purpose-built course, which drops by 514ft in altitude over its 3,978ft length through the hamlet of Cresta and includes gradients steeper than one in three.

It is so fast that tobogganists, who ride their sleds head-first, must control their approaches through the u-shaped turns or risk being flung out of the ice gully at high speeds.

Women are not permitted to ride the run, which is maintained and administered by the St Moritz Tobogganing Club, better known as the Cresta Club.

It is a British club but its members now come from all over the world.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/03/05/ncresta105.xml

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Re: Army captain loses his leg on Cresta Toboggan Run
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2008, 11:03:41 AM »
that one tough guy, when my son was trying out for the navy seals there is a seal that is a double bk active duty when they would go on there 8 to 10 mile run this seal would beat them!!!