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Off-duty firemen in two rescues

Off-duty firemen came to the rescue of two people in Jersey at the weekend.

Jersey Fire and Rescue said Crew Manager Rick Ryan saved the life of an elderly man who had collapsed on a footpath when he resuscitated him.

In a separate incident, firefighter Colin Jennett helped rescue a distressed swimmer off the south coast.

Chief Fire Officer Mark James praised the actions of both the off-duty crew members. He said he was proud of their bravery and professionalism.

Mr Ryan was helped in the rescue in St Peter's Valley by his 18-year-old daughter, Jordan, and another passer-by.

I am just happy to have been in the right place at the right time
Colin Jennett

Miss Ryan spotted a man lying on the ground while they were driving near Tesson Mill.

Mr Ryan said he could not find a pulse or signs of breathing and so gave him emergency first aid while his daughter telephoned for an ambulance.

The service said within a couple of minutes the man coughed and started breathing for himself. Paramedics were then able to "stabilise" him.

'Bit of a shock'

In the other incident Mr Jennett said he was two miles out to sea in a boat, near Icho Tower, when he saw a female swimmer who was "obviously distressed".

He took her on to his boat and waited for the emergency services to collect her.

The swimmer said she had been in the sea for three or four hours.

Mr Jennett said: "It was a bit of a shock to see a swimmer in the water that far from shore.

"It was quickly apparent she needed help. I am just happy to have been in the right place at the right time."

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