UPDATE: Man airlifted to hospital in ‘life-threatening’ condition after collapsing near Rye

Emergency services on Rye Hill attending a possible cardiac arrest. Photo by Jeff Hulbert
Emergency services on Rye Hill attending a possible cardiac arrest. Photo by Jeff Hulbert

A man in his 60s was airlifted to hospital in a ‘life-threatening’ condition after near collapsing Rye yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, July 20).

The man was reported to have collapsed and was not breathing on a footpath off Rye Hill and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) was called at just after 4.10pm.

Four paramedic crews, the Hazardous Area Response Team and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance work together to resuscitate the man.

Eventually he was resuscitated and taken by the air ambulance to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford in a life-threatening condition, according to a SECAmb spokesman.

SECAmb’s Nigel Hammond tweeted paramedics had attended a cardiac arrest in Playden but it has not been confirmed.

Police controlled traffic while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance at the scene. Photo by Jeff Hulbert

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance at the scene. Photo by Jeff Hulbert

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