Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PIER JUMP MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE; Rescuer Tells of Terrifying Drama in Freezing Seas: No-One Could Believe We Had Got Him Breathing Again

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

PIER JUMP MAN FIGHTS FOR LIFE; Rescuer Tells of Terrifying Drama in Freezing Seas: No-One Could Believe We Had Got Him Breathing Again

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Byline: CHRIS HOLE

WITNESSES today described a dramatic rescue operation after two men jumped into the sea from Saltburn Pier.

A 25-year-old was today fighting for his life after being pulled from the waves by hero surfer Leon Allison, who then helped administer CPR. Student Ryan Thompson, who also helped with the rescue, today told how the drama unfolded. A Redcar man, meanwhile, remains in a "critical but stable" condition at James CookUniversity Hospital, in Middlesbrough. Emergency crews, including a Redcar RNLI lifeboat and the Great North Air Ambulance, rushed to Saltburn after two men jumped into the rough, freezing water on Saturday afternoon. Several people have reported that the men were part of a group who had been drinking. One man - a 19-year-old - managed to swim to shore but his friend got into serious difficulty and was being dragged north by the strong tide. It was then that surfer Leon Allison came to his rescue - pulling him out of the water before helping to give him CPR. Fellow surfer Ryan Thompson also helped with the resuscitation, administering chest compressions. The 17-year-old student, from Marske, said: "I saw everybody run down. I helped them pull him up to the promenade and then helped with the chest compressions. "I have just done a lifeguard course and therewere other people there who were first aid trained. So he was in the right place." Eyewitness Nathan Robinson, 26, from Saltburn, said: "The surf was about four foot and there was quite a strong current. "He didn't have a wetsuit on and he was just in shorts and T-shirt. "It was obviously just a bit too much for him. "Luckily there was somebody who was out and saw him face down and pulled him to shore. They started CPR on the beach but the tide was too high so they had to carry him up. "No-one could believewe had got him breathing again. …

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