Rollercoaster victim thanks rescuers at Pride of Britain Awards

Rescued: Vicky Balch

Rescued: Vicky Balch

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Rollercoaster crash victim Vicky Balch was among those on stage at Thursday’s Pride of Britain Awards to personally thank her rescuers.

Vicky, 20, from Leyland, went on stage with fellow victims who had become trapped on the Alton Towers Smiler Ride earlier this year, as three medics were given an award for their bravery.

Army doctor Major David Cooper, 34, paramedic Tom Waters, 27, and Dr Ben Clark, 40, were part of the emergency response team who scaled the ride to rescue the casualties.

Vicky took to the stage with fellow victims Leah Washington, Joe Pugh and Daniel Thorpe.

She was among four people on the front of the ride when it crashed into an empty carriage. She had to have a leg amputated as a result of the crash.