Colyton man to the rescue as tourist is taken ill

PUBLISHED: 17:37 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:40 15 June 2010

A COLYTON man went to the aid of a woman whose husband fell ill last week.

A COLYTON man went to the aid of a woman whose husband fell ill last week.Philip Thorne, 43, was driving to work from his Colyton home at around 6am on Bank Holiday Monday when a woman flagged him down.The distressed woman explained to Philip that her 80-year-old husband had fallen ill in the caravan where they were staying, near Colyton, and she needed a telephone to ring an ambulance.Philip, who works at Waitrose, in Sidmouth, lent her his mobile phone and gave the woman a lift back to the caravan to check on her husband.Philip, of Moorfield, said: "I didn't do anything that anyone else wouldn't have done. "The lady had been knocking on houses trying to raise somebody but there are only a couple on that road and it must've been too early in the morning."She was very grateful when I stopped and she said I was an angel!"After the woman checked on her husband, Philip gave her a lift back to the main road as the ambulance was not sure where to go.He added: "It only took the ambulance ten minutes to arrive and I didn't even get the lady's name. I hope her husband is OK."A South West Ambulance spokesperson confirmed paramedics were called to a caravan park near Colyton on Bank Holiday Monday.The ambulance crew took the man, who did not have life threatening injuries, to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.It is believed the man is now recovering well.


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