Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Biker's survival 'just a miracle'

Motorcyclist Anthony Margrave was found alive after spending three nights in a ditch (Humberside Police/PA)
Motorcyclist Anthony Margrave who was found alive after spending three nights in a ditch (Humberside Police/PA)

The sister of a motorcyclist who was found seriously injured in a roadside ditch almost three days after he crashed has said it is a miracle that he is alive.

Anthony Margrave spent three nights in the open near Thorne, South Yorkshire, as a major search operation was conducted to find him.

The 40-year-old, from Goole, East Yorkshire, is now being treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for injuries including broken ribs and hypothermia.

His sister, Sharon Margrave, said he was not yet "out of the woods" but he was fighting to recover.

"For all of us, it has been a week of hell," she said.

"I thought he was dead, I really thought that was it. There was no other way out of it. I really thought they were looking for a body."

Ms Margrave said her sister called her to tell her the good news.

"I can't describe the feeling," she said.

"It's just a miracle that he survived for so long. I'm so proud of him and the way he's fighting now. He's not giving up at all. He's been so lucky."

Mr Margrave, a concrete operative, was reported missing by his girlfriend, Katie Bridgeford, on Wednesday last week after he failed to turn up for work.

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