Pogues fan saved by hometown hero after Hyde Park heart attack
Updated 9:40am Thursday 17th July 2014 in By Anna Mauremootoo, Senior reporter for Marlborough and Pewsey
Pogues fan Andrew Plank’s life was saved by a fellow Marlborough man attending the same London concert.
When the 46-year-old suffered a heart attack during the band’s support set for The Libertines in Hyde Park, Lee Parry went into action to administer first aid.
Mr Parry, 44, of Barrow Close, did not know Mr Plank – known as Planky – before the incident.
When he saw what had happened, he cleared the crowd, put Mr Plank in the recovery position and checked his breathing before alerting the paramedics.
Paramedics were able to revive Mr Plank, who lives with parents Tony and Memory in Purlyn Acre, by using a defibrillator machine.
The Pogues stopped their set mid-song, in order to alert the crowd to let the paramedics through.
Mr Parry, a manager with a construction company, has first aid training.
He said: “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.
“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 is recovering in Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in Westminster, but his family was told that his heart stopped.
His mother said: “We are very, very lucky. We want to thank Mr Parry, because if it wasn’t for him we don’t know what would have happened.”
The Pogues have also sent their best wishes to Mr Plank, tweeting: “The Pogues want to send out good wishes to the young man who had to be pulled from the crowd last night. Thinking of him & wishing him well.”