Coastguard saved a life on dry land

Alan Armes with Nicola Sturgeon
Alan Armes with Nicola Sturgeon
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A part-time coastguard rescue officer received an award from the First Minister for saving a man’s life.

Alan Armes, an ex-policeman, was driving along Queensferry Road when he noticed a car had suddenly swerved out of control and collided with a stone wall and lamppost.

The father of two said: “It seemed natural to stop and assist at the accident. As a former policeman I have attended several hundreds of incidents.

“Our work in the coastguard has taught me to just get on with dealing with the incident and, most importantly, not to panic.”

Alan, 62, pulled open the front door and saw the male driver was unconscious.

He then switched off the ignition and told the two female passengers to get out of the vehicle due to the risk of fire.

Unable to find a pulse, Alan dragged the man from the car and instructed a bystander to phone for an ambulance while he began to administer CPR.

The Queensferry resident said: “The victim is already having a bad day so you can only try to make it better and on this occasion so it proved.”

Two off-duty fire fighters arrived and continued CPR.

Alan was nominated by Joseph Mitchell, his senior rescue officer at South Queensferry Coastguard Station.

Earlier this month Alan, his wife Ann and his daughter-in-law Mairi, were invited to a reception in Edinburgh Castle where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon presented him with his Brave@Heart award.

Alan said: “To be nominated along with first aid personnel who attended the scene of the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy last year was very humbling for me.”