Hero who saved Pogues fan's life at Libertines gig comes forward

Hero who saved Pogues fan's life at Libertines gig comes forward

THE Libertines fan who helped save the life of a man during the Pogues set in Hyde Park on Saturday has come forward and is coincidentally from the same town as heart attack victim Andrew Plank.

Lee Parry, 44, from Marlborough in the West Country, did not know Mr Plank, also from Marlborough, before rushing to his assistance during Saturday night’s concert.

His partner, Julia Evans, responded to an appeal on The Irish Post, on behalf of the victim’s family, to find the Good Samaritan who assisted Mr Plank.

She added that Mr Parry did not know the victim prior to the incident, despite the pair both being from Marlborough, but she said that he had commented how Mr Plank “looked familiar” after returning from the concert.

Mr Parry himself recalled the weekend incident in a Facebook post, clarifying that it was the paramedics and not himself, as first believed, who performed CPR on Mr Plank.

He wrote: “Just to put the record straight I put Planky into the recovery position after I checked he was breathing and kept him comfortable until the medics arrived, he was still breathing when they took over and after the medics arrived things took a turn for the worse and it was the medics that performed CPR not me.

“I was incredibly relieved to find out that Planky is on the road to recovery and look forward to sharing a beer with him when he is well enough.”

Mr Plank, 46, is now recovering in Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in Westminster.

Earlier this week his nephew, Lloyd Smith, told The Irish Post how Mr Plank wanted to meet the fan that saved him in order to express his gratitude.

“His heart stopped for those 10 minutes but thanks to this bloke the paramedics were able to revive him,” he said.

“So obviously we’re very keen to just do as much as we can to reach out to this stranger and to say thank you and express our gratitude to this amazing person.

“When you hear the day to day horror stories in the news, it’s just wonderful to know that there are people out there who care about their fellow human beings and we’d just like to thank them and let them know that they are a special person and appreciated by our whole family.”