saves passenger's life on a holiday flight from Australia
firefighter from a village near Burnham-On-Sea has received a
letter of thanks from an international airline after he helped
save the life of a passenger onboard a flight to the UK from Australia.
Neil Punt, who is based at Weston Fire Station and lives in the
village of Mark, was flying between Singapore and Abu Dhabi with
his family when he became aware of a passenger in need of help.
said: "It was during a night flight and most of the passengers
were asleep. I became aware of a bit of a commotion a few rows
in front of me and went to see if I could help."
lady on the flight had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Using
the first aid skills I have as a firefighter I applied three back
slaps. When this did not work I tried the Heimlich manoeuvre,
at which point she vomited and regained a pulse."
pilot put out a call to ask if there were any doctors or other
medically trained passengers on board. When no one came forward
I continued to assess and monitor the ladys condition."
was in and out of consciousness for the rest of the flight to
Abu Dhabi and there was talk of diverting the flight. We eventually
made it to our destination and the lady was taken away by the
medical team who were waiting for her on our arrival."
had recently completed my First Person on Scene (FPOS) training
through my job as a firefighter and having to deal with this incident
certainly highlighted the importance of the training."
FPOS training is given to firefighters, police officers and community
responders to provide them with skills and knowledge to enable
them to carry out immediate care in the first few minutes of an
the incident Neil received a letter from Etihad Airways thanking
him for his assistance.
the letter Guest Affairs Officer for Etihad Airways, Faiza Abdul
Rahim, wrote: "On behalf of Etihad Airways I would like to
express our sincere gratitude for the assistance you rendered
to one of our guests who required medical attention."
medical aid you gave may have helped to avoid what could have
been a potentially unpleasant situation for the guest and we gratefully
acknowledge your timely and unconditional help."