Neighbours save man, 79, after heart attack


Peter - Credit: Archant

A heart attack survivor has said he is lucky to be alive after being rescued by his neighbours.

Peter Jakes collapsed by his car on Beer Road as he drove back from Ratcliff Golf Course and was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for emergency treatment on Monday, September 15

Mr Jakes said: “I felt as if I was going to be sick or faint. I got out of the car and put my hand on the bonnet, next thing I know I was on the ground.”

The 79-year-old had fallen between his car and a wall, out of sight from anyone driving past. Fortunately, fate was on his side and he was found moments later.

He recalled: “A person was speaking to me; it was comforting to be with someone I knew.”

His rescuers were his neighbours, Patrick and Gaye Grattan. The couple from Ringswood have lived across from the Jakes at Beer Head Caravan Park for 20 years.

Patrick, a former police inspector, said: “We were driving into Seaton when we saw Mr Jakes’ car parked by the side of the road.

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“We knew the car, we knew him so I turned around but, when we got to the car, he was not there.”

Gaye, a former nurse, immediately rang the emergency services. Patrick drove back to the caravan park to find Peter’s wife, Thelma, who was expecting him back from golf.

Thelma said: “We were going home. I had the washing in a bag and I was getting his lunch ready; it was going to be a quick lunch and go.”

Mr Jakes was taken by helicopter at 11.35am to hospital, where he had stents inserted into him. He praised the ambulance crew and the doctors that saved his life.

The couple are due to go away on a cruise to the Mediterranean. Peter hopes that, with enough rest, he will get the go-ahead from the doctor.

Peter said: “I have been lucky and I want to say thank you to all the people who were involved. This way is the best way to say it.”

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