BBC News presenter issues urgent warning after trying to save neighbour’s life

BBC presenter Rich Preston has encouraged people to learn CPR (Picture: BBC)

BBC News presenter Rich Preston has encouraged people to learn CPR after trying to save his neighbour’s life.

The broadcaster shared on social media that he was alerted to his neighbour needing help and spent 45 minutes doing CPR on Thursday morning.

Rich said that his neighbour died, but he has urged others to learn CPR and help those who may need it in an emergency.

The presenter took to X to share the news with his followers, after the ‘deeply upsetting’ event.

He said: ‘I spent 45 minutes doing CPR on a neighbour this morning. Sadly, they didn’t make it.

‘And this tweet isn’t about me or the neighbour – it’s my regular encouragement to please, if it’s not something you’ve done before, considering learning CPR.

‘I remember being taught CPR in school aged 10. (I thought every schoolkid learned it until I realised that wasn’t the case!) It’s training I kept up my previous job and in my current life and I’ve had to use it several times, including successfully.’

He urged those who are trained to sign up to emergency services app GoodSam, saying he was alerted by London Ambulance to help his neighbour.

‘I arrived just as a response paramedic did and the two of us were able to work together to do our best for the person,’ Rich explained.

He went on: ‘You can never be certain of the outcome, but that’s the nature of life sometimes. We tried out best. But the fact remains that starting chest compressions and getting a defibrillator on someone as quickly as possible can make a huge difference.

Rich shared the message on Instagram (Picture: Instagram)

‘Of course, the saddest part of events like this morning is always those who are left behind. It’s deeply upsetting for family members to arrive and see their loved one being worked on by ambulance crews and a total stranger. I’m thinking of them today.’

Signposting followers to where they can be trained to use CPR, including the London Ambulance Service, St John Ambulance and The British Heart Foundation, he added: ‘It is so simple and doesn’t take long to learn the basics. You might need it one day.’

Rich is a senior news journalist at the BBC, often seen on BBC World TV and heard on BBC World Service.

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