May 18 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A HERO fireman jumped in to save a dentist’s life – after he fell off a flume on holiday.
Neill McPherson was on a golfing break with pals when he spotted panic at the other side of his hotel pool.
And moments later he was keeping his fellow guest alive with techniques learned through his day job back at home.
Neill, who works at Ayr fire station, explained: “My attention was caught by a lot of commotion beside the pool and it was clear something was badly wrong.
“When I got there, I could see a man lying on his side and struggling to breathebecause he had vomited.
“Apparently he had banged the back of his head on the way down a flume beside the pool and he was in a very bad way.
“It quickly became obvious that he was dying as he lay there and something had to be done.”
Neill then leapt into action, using his vast training in the fire service for trauma techniques.
And he admits the poolside drama felt like it lasted an eternity.
Neill, 46, confessed: “I was probably only with the guy for 10 minutes, but it felt like so much longer.
“There was so much confusion at the time because of the language barrier with the hotel staff and I was trying to get one of the waiters to translate for me.
“I was able to help the man start breathing again, but he was still in a very bad condition as he was taken away to hospital.
“He ended up being in intensive care for a number of days afterwards but his family kept in contact to let me know how he was doing.”
The dentist, a Norwegian man in his 60s, had been staying at the same hotel as Neill in the Turkish resort of Belek.
And Neill, of Prestwick, admitted: “I’m glad that all my training with the fire service was able to be put to great use in this situation.
“It’s something we use in our days jobs on a regular basis, so it was good to call on it here.”