Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Chuck Norris delivers Sidmouth mum’s baby in helicopter

17:15 03 October 2013

Proud parents Ella and Barney McLachlan with baby Marcus

Proud parents Ella and Barney McLachlan with baby Marcus

Archant

A BABY boy was born in mid-air aboard a helicopter as an emergency team rushed his mum to hospital.

Ella McLachlan, from Sidmouth, was hurried onto the aircraft when she went into labour on the Isles of Scilly – but little Marcus arrived before her feet touched the ground.

Ella and husband Barney had to cut short their anniversary meal when her waters broke four weeks early, but a thick fog prevented her being flown to hospital in Truro.

A Royal Navy helicopter came to the rescue after being diverted to St Martin’s.

Lieutenant commander Chuck Norris, who was on board, said 5lb 3oz Marcus was born ‘somewhere over the River Fal’ 10 minutes before landing.

Doctors are still unsure what location to put on the birth certificate.

Ella’s sister, Kate, dashed to Truro when she heard her nephew was coming.

“We got the phone call to say she was in labour, then we heard she had him in a helicopter – it didn’t sink in right away,” she said.

“He is absolutely gorgeous, very tiny and so sweet – he’s the most calm out of everyone about what happened.”

Marcus was delivered by a midwife flown in from St Mary’s and, as the coastguard heard, the crew of seven on board the chopper increased to eight.

Ella’s dad, Peter Scott, a community gardener in Sidmouth, said the birth was surrounded by coincidences.

The 26-year-old was taken to hospital by the fleet air arm, the same Royal Navy squadron her father had served with in the 1970s.

And her pregnant best friend, also due four weeks later, had her baby the same day.

Ella was brought up in Glenisla Terrace, where her parents still live.

Once a familiar face at Taste of Sidmouth and Brophy’s Coffee Shop, she went on from Sidmouth College to study law at Exeter University.

After going travelling she worked as a nanny in the Isles of Scilly to continue her studies, but then met Barney, 37.

They married and started a bakery, and Ella continues to work as a business manager for a floral delivery company.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:27
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

The inclusion of a 12-acre Sid Valley business park in East Devon’s Local Plan was branded ‘undemocratic’, ‘shambolic’ and ‘deeply flawed’ by residents and representatives at a meeting last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:01
Twins Beckie and Ellie with mum Monica George and Francesca Laugharne at the Ottery neighborhood plan event. Ref sho 05-16TI 9942. Picture: Terry Ife

Successful event paves way for referendum in spring 2017

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
Typhoon pilot Jonathan Dowen at the Sid Valley Rotary club's black tie dinner. Ref shs 05-16TI 0144. Picture: Terry Ife

Sid Valley Rotary Club toasted a successful evening of fundraising after its charity dinner raised more than £8,000.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:16
Sidmouth's beach huts. Ref shs 0839-03-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Efforts to have a decision to raise beach hut prices across East Devon reconsidered have been refused.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:01
Artist's impression of car-free Ottery St Mary Food and Families Festival

More than 90 people sign in favour of car-free market square

Read more
Yesterday, 13:32

59-year-old pleads not guilty over crash which claimed the lives of women from Exmouth and Newton Poppleford

Read more
Yesterday, 12:51
Sidmouth families sought to take part in The Three Day Nanny series

Celebrity nanny set to solve fussy food habits, bedtime battles and more parenting problems

Read more
Yesterday, 12:07
Communities in East Devon took part in a 'bite back' campaign against loan sharks

Communities in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Honiton, Axminster and Ottery St Mary targeted in bid to raise awareness

Read more
Yesterday, 11:29
Devon County Council's County Hall in Exeter

A charity which campaigns on fostering has cited Devon County Council as an example of good practice for its work with children in care.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:54
Egg-throwing vandals to be dealt with by restorative justice

Youths to ‘reconcile with community’

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications