Biker 'in good spirits' after three days in ditch
A SERIOUSLY injured biker, who was found alive after surviving three days and nights in a ditch, is in good spirits in hospital.
Anthony Margrave, 40, was unable to move in the 6ft-deep ditch after crashing his new motorbike on the A614 near Goole.
Debris in the busy road eventually led police to the scene of the accident, where Mr Margrave's cries for help had gone unheard.
His niece Leah Margrave, 28, who joined search parties after he was reported missing, has been visiting him in hospital. She said: "He's in critical care.
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"He's had a tracheotomy and can't speak at all but he's not being completely ventilated any more. He's partially breathing on his own.
"He has been trying to mouth words.
"He's in really good spirits, he's doing well and he's fighting to recover."
Miss Margrave said her uncle, whose injuries include a fracture to his spine, is expected to be moved from hospital in Doncaster to a spinal unit at Sheffield. She said: "He has a few broken ribs and a fracture in his spine.
"They have not given any prognosis as to how things will work out but it seems he's getting a little bit of movement back."
Mr Margrave was suffering from hypothermia and dehydration when he was found last Friday after three days in the ditch.
Leah said: "They are treating him for some form of pneumonia.
"They are tube-feeding him at the moment. He's still on a drip and there are all sorts of tubes and machines supporting him."
The father of two, who lives alone in Rawcliffe Bridge, was reported missing by his girlfriend, sparking a massive search by police, family and friends.
Miss Margrave said her uncle, who works for a company that makes breeze blocks, is a strong character.
"His grit and determination to fight through it is second to none," she said.
"All the time he was in the ditch, traffic was passing alongside and he must have thought no one would ever hear him and he would never be found.
"The things that must have gone through his head must have been awful.
"His will to survive is absolutely astounding."
Leah, who had joined the searches, praised police who called in a helicopter to help scour the countryside and "pinged" Mr Margrave's mobile phone in an attempt to narrow the search area after his disappearance on September 11.
She said: "The police were absolutely fantastic.
"They were determined to find him. They were exceptional."
Anyone with information about the accident, which happened near the junction of Selby Road and Reed Holme Lane on the A614, should call police on 101, quoting incident 438 of September 14.