Help for dad appreciated

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On Sunday I visited Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Cove with my elderly parents.

For some reason my father decided to take the stairs up from the cove and collapsed shortly afterwards.

Before I had a chance to get my phone out of my pocket two cyclists appeared offering help.

They hung around while we waited for an ambulance and provided a coat as a pillow.

Then the coast guard appeared – they’d noticed someone lying down and came over to have a look.

My father had regained consciousness by this point and they conducted basic health checks and chased up the ambulance.

Another guy arrived on his bike and went to inform my partner who was waiting a short distance away and wasn’t aware what was happening.

The ambulance failed to arrive so the coast guard guided us to the local hospital for a check up.

They were great too and couldn’t have been more attentive.

The end result was good – it looks like he’d just fainted after too much exertion, rather than anything more serious.

I just wanted to thank all those people who helped out – they were brilliant and a credit to their community.

Will Crocombe

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