Quick thinking saves life of driver who careered down hill

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The quick-thinking actions of a young couple, an off duty anaesthetist and the air ambulance helped save the life of a man who fell ill while driving down the bank in Robin Hood’s bay.

These dramatic shots of the helicopter heroes landing on the mini-roundabout in the village on Sunday afternoon were snapped by readers and onlookers who watched in shock as the drama unfolded.

An eye witness who didn’t want to be named said she had been sitting with off duty policeman James Cantrill and fiancee Lucy in the beer garden of The Victoria pub when they heard the car racing down the hill. Intuitively, the pair sensed the driver had taken ill at the wheel and raced across as the car came to a stop when the man’s wife knocked it out of gear.

The couple administered first aid and CPR while others phoned for an ambulance but his condition was deteriorating fast.

Luckily, an off-duty anaesthetist was in the area and took over until the emergency services and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance arrived.

By the time the man was taken from the scene he had regained consciousness.

Since the incident, residents in the village have campaigned for the profile of potentially life-saving equipment in the village to be raised.

A defibrillator is located at the back door of Robon Hood’s Bay surgery opposite the village hall.