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Paramedics refused to save dying man because of ‘health and safety’

 

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Paramedics refused to save dying man because of ‘health and safety’

A CORONER has slammed paramedics who refused to jump into a water-filled ditch to save a dying man – because of health and safety.

Medics stood by and watched as Michael Thornton, 30, tragically lost his fight for life after the late-night horror smash.

West Somerset coroner Michael Rose said: “The ambulance arrived and I will not say what I think of health and safety regulations.

“I was brought up in a country where men risked their own lives to save the lives of others.

“That was a period in our history which has almost ceased.”

Mr Thornton was travelling home with his friends after a trip to a pub in Brent Knoll, Somerset, when the accident happened.

The Land Rover Discovery hurtled into the ditch and flipped over, ending up upside down.

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The crash knocked passenger Mr Thornton unconscious.

His mates managed to get out of the vehicle to pull Mr Thornton out of the submerged car and place him on the roof of it.

Paramedics dashed to the scene but then refused to venture into the water to give Mr Thornton emergency treatment.

PC Day, of Avon and Somerset Police, immediately dived into the ditch after turning up and hauled the critically-injured casualty to the road.

Last night Mr Thornton’s devastated partner Liz Richardson, 35, said: “He was a really loving, kind and gentle man.

“His parents and I want to thank the policeman that tried to save him.”

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/5021152/Health-and-safety-paramedics-refuse-to-save-dying-man.html#ixzz2ZP39OS9y

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