1 Nov, 2019 @ 14:21
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Fell runner races up mountain with defibrillator to save expat hiker suffering suspected heart attack on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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A FELL runner sprinted for over 20 minutes with a defibrillator to save an expat suffering a suspected heart attack on a Costa Blanca mountaintop.

The experienced runner raced to the peak of Tossal del Moro in Gata de Gorgos followed by a Policía Local agent to administer the potentially life-saving electric pulse to the Belgian walker.

The man was then airlifted to safety by helicopter to Benidorm Hospital.

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RESCUE EFFORT: The Belgian walker was airlifted to Benidorm Hospital by helicopter from Gata de Gorgos’ Tossal del Moro

A spokesperson for Policía Local praised the ‘selfless act’ of the fell runner, who turned out to be a technician in Gata de Gorgos Town Hall’s department of sport.

The incident happened last Sunday, October 27, after the Belgian men set out walking with a group of hikers up the 300m-high Tossal del Moro mountain between Gata de Gorgos and Benissa.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: joshua@theolivepress.es or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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