An off-duty paramedic has been knocked down and bashed by a group of teenagers during a charity bike ride.
Daniel Mansbridge was riding 1,000km in a month to raise money for children’s cancer when a teenager allegedly jumped in front of him on a bridge on Friday.
The 42-year-old was 7km into his ride near Shellharbour, south of Wollongong, when he was flung over the handlebars after braking heavily.
Avoiding serious injury, Mansbridge reportedly got to his feet when he was suddenly attacked by a group of up to 10 older teenagers.
“They just whaled on me. On the ground and blood was just pouring out of me,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
Cycling in a charity bike ride, Daniel Mansbridge was knocked off his bike in a random attack that left the off-duty paramedic needing surgery, police believing one of his attackers are as young as 12. @NApolloni #9News pic.twitter.com/G607UQ2blQ
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 7, 2019
The attack left the paramedic with an orbital floor fracture in the bottom of his left eye socket. He will have surgery on his eye at Wollongong Hospital, and is currently trying to raise $5,000 to help with his medical bills.
The attack is being investigated, and police are on the lookout for up to 10 people who are believed to be involved.
Mansbridge’s mother has appealed for witnesses to come forward, and promises he will finish the charity ride when he recovers.
“Kids cancer is a cause close to all our heart… let’s get behind Dan after this ugly assault and help him reach his goal,” she wrote.
“He will get back on his bike and complete this challenge but it’s going to take a while til he’s able to do this now.”
Nine News report that the teenagers responsible for the brutal attack are aged between 12 and 16, and are of Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander appearance.