A FARMER who was crushed by his cattle when he was leading them into an auction mart is set to appear on this week’s episode of Helicopter ER, the reality television show about the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Stephen Potter from Topcliffe, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire was exhibiting his cattle at the Thirsk Auction Mart on May 11, 2019, when the cow and a calf he was leading into the sales ring bolted, crushing him against iron railings.

“I just remember being in the ring with the cow and a calf and then all of a sudden she turned on me and crushed me against the iron railings around the ring”, said Mr Potter.

“I’ve never had a problem with the cows before, I think it was the different environment that triggered them”, he said.

A community first responder who was running first aid classes next door ran to Mr Potter’s rescue and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was also dispatched from their base in the very village that Mr Potter lives.

He was flown by the YAA team to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where tests revealed that he had broken nine ribs.

He spent four days recuperating in hospital on the high dependency ward, but thankfully he is now fully recovered.

Speaking of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Mr Potter said: “They did a marvelous job, we just couldn’t do without them.”

The episode, which airs at 9pm on Channel Really on Monday, June 1, also features a serious motorcycle incident and an elderly woman left in agony after being run over by her own mobile home.

Helicopter ER is made by York-based Air Television who have won five Royal Television Society awards for their work on the compelling series.

You can catch up on any missed episodes for free on D Play: www.dplay.co.uk.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves five million people across Yorkshire and carries out more than 1,500 missions every year.

The charity operates two, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters and needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.

The charity operates two helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA. They operate from Nostell Priory near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk.