HM Coastguard volunteer saves man who was choking in Paris restaurant

In a restaurant in Paris in September, Liam Muns, 34, had his life saved by a stranger when he choked on his food, but until recently he had been unable to offer thanks to his good Samaritan.

The incident took place while Liam was on holiday in Disneyland Paris, enjoying an evening meal. Fortunately for Liam another holidaymaker, Harry Patrick, a volunteer with Mullion coastguard rescue team, was on hand to offer assistance. Harry, equipped with newly acquired first aid and life-support skills gained earlier in the year through his operator role with HM Coastguard, performed the Heimlich manoeuvre to clear the blockage.

Harry’s actions, alongside those of another person who offered immediate assistance, ensured that the evening didn’t end in tragedy. In addition to his lifesaving endeavours, Harry was also able to co-ordinate an ambulance to arrive at the restaurant, despite the language barrier and the commotion caused by the incident during a busy time of day for the venue.

The two men were able to exchange a few words as Liam was moved into the ambulance in which Harry mentioned he was a HM Coastguard volunteer based in Cornwall, but telephone numbers weren’t exchanged properly.

Liam was released from hospital a few hours later, relatively fit and well following his ordeal, but unable to say a proper thank you to Harry.

Back in the UK, Liam used social media to track down the man who saved his life. He sent a speculative message to the Falmouth coastguard rescue team via its Facebook page hoping to find Harry. Martin Leslie, a coastal operations area commander in Falmouth, and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, were able to help and finally Liam was able to give the well-deserved thanks to his lifesaver.

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