Cyclists praised after saving pedestrian’s life in Surrey

Members of Dittons Velo and Ful-On Tri came to the rescue of a pedestrian who collapsed in Cobham, Surrey

A group of cyclists in Surrey have been thanked by ambulance staff after saving the life of a pedestrian who collapsed in front of them on Saturday, March 12.

Members of Dittons Velo and Ful-On Tri stopped to help the male pedestrian who collapsed on Portsmouth Road, Cobham, at around 10am, providing CPR and stabilising the pedestrian until emergency services arrived.

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Stephen Heath, from Thames Ditton, told Get Surrey: “Long story short, we may have saved his life.

“We performed CPR. He was all grey and purple at one point. We sorted him out. He came back to consciousness.”

Katrina Head of Ful-On Tri reportedly took the lead thanks to her prior first aid training and Mr Heath called her a hero for what she did.

“Katrina took command, she was a hero, she was amazing. There was a bit of blood because he banged his head, she didn’t hesitate. She had blood on her face,” he said.

He added: “The consensus was, everyone who witnessed it, this poor gentleman had unfortunately passed away and we all led by Katrina saved his life. It was quite amazing.”

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A spokesperson for the South East Coast Ambulance Service thanked the cyclists for their help in stabilising the pedestrian before their arrival.

“We were called to reports an approximately 60-year-old man had collapsed. We sent an ambulance car and one ambulance crew to the scene,” they said.

“The patient required CPR and that was taking place prior to our arrival which obviously is great.

“We would like to say thank you to those members of the public who helped the patient prior to our arrival.”