Warcop army base crash soldier Josh Osborne making 'remarkable recovery'

Left to right, Judith, Josh and Colin Osborne Image copyright GNAAS
Image caption L/Cpl Osborne's mother Judith and father Colin say their son plans to return to the army

A soldier seriously injured in a road accident at an Army training centre in Cumbria is making a "remarkable recovery", his family has said.

L/Cpl Josh Osborne suffered back, chest and facial injuries when a military vehicle overturned at the Warcop training area near Appleby on 4 June.

Another officer was seriously hurt and Sgt Mark Foley, 31, was killed.

The 22-year-old's father Colin said his son hoped to return to duty after a period of recuperation.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

Mr Osborne said his son's survival was largely due to the prompt action of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which airlifted the injured soldier to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

'Speed and professionalism'

He said: "Josh's recovery so far has been remarkable.

"I know without the prompt attention of the air ambulance things could have been different.

"I believe it was 35 minutes from the initial call to arriving at James Cook, which is a credit to the organisation and amazing aircrew on board.

"No words can really express our thanks to the charity for their speed and professionalism shown."

L/Cpl Osborne, from Bedlington in Northumberland, is a weapons instructor with the Light Dragoons and has been in the Army since he was 16. He completed a tour of Afghanistan last year.

Mr Osborne added: "Josh has now moved out of the intensive care unit and hopes to be able to leave hospital to recuperate at home soon, after which he plans to return to the Army."

Mandy Drake, deputy director at GNAAS, said: "We are really pleased that Josh is on the mend. We know the family already have plans to continue their support to the charity in the future, for which we are immensely grateful."

The Army said the accident was being investigated by the Land Accident Investigation Team.

Warcop training area is a Ministry of Defence live firing area.

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