Council grass-cutter crushed by his ride-on lawnmower after it flipped over is rescued by firefighters and rushed to hospital

A council worker was trapped under his ride-on lawnmower when it veered off a wet grassy corner and flipped over after the Isle of Wight was deluged by torrential Storm Babet rain.

The unnamed worker was cutting grass on common land near Sandown yesterday when his four-wheel vehicle appeared to slip off the verge – with dramatic pictures showing the aftermath of the incident.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called at 11.20am to help the man. Firefighters then had to use a winch to haul the heavy green mower off him, emergency services said.

It comes as more than three inches’ worth of rain deluged the Isle of Wight in a six-hour period yesterday as Storm Babet sweeps across Europe, leaving behind it a trail of devastation.  

A council worker had to be rescued by firefighters after his ride-on lawnmower flipped over and trapped him beneath it on the Isle of Wight

The scene of the lawnmower incident in Lake near Sandown on the Isle of Wight

The scene of the lawnmower incident in Lake near Sandown on the Isle of Wight

The unnamed worker was cutting grass on common land near Sandown on 24 October when he drove over a verge and tipped the vehicle

The unnamed worker was cutting grass on common land near Sandown on 24 October when he drove over a verge and tipped the vehicle

Isle of Wight Council said they have launched an investigation into the lawnmower-tipping incident. 

A Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance spokesperson said: ‘The air ambulance was dispatched to an incident in Sandown at 11.27am on Tuesday 24 October.

‘The Critical Care Team of two doctors and a specialist paramedic provided medical treatment to a patient who was later conveyed by road to hospital.’

An Isle of Wight Council spokesperson said: ‘A member of staff employed by a contractor, working for the local authority was involved in an incident and attended by the emergency services.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called at 11.20am to assist the man stuck under the sit-on mower

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called at 11.20am to assist the man stuck under the sit-on mower

The incident is being investigated by the Isle of Wight Council

The incident is being investigated by the Isle of Wight Council

‘We can confirm the colleague was injured.

‘This incident is under investigation and we are unable to comment any further at this stage.

‘Our thoughts are with our injured colleague, and we send thanks to the Emergency Services for their quick response.’