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Ski racers help save life of German official

By AFP
January 26, 2019

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany: Three Swedish ski racers, competing in this weekend’s world cup women’s meet in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, helped save the life of a German official who suffered a heart attack in a gondola.

The sports agency SID, an AFP subsidiary, said the trio sprang into action on Thursday by providing first aid when a race official suffered a cardiac arrest in a cable car during a training session for Saturday’s downhill world cup race.

Lisa Hoernblad, Lin Ivarsson and Helena Rapaport were on their way up in a ski lift to test the Garmisch course when the man, a 60-year-old race marshal, collapsed in the cable car cabin.“It was crazy, we fought to keep him alive, the minutes felt very long,” Hoernblad told Swedish TV broadcaster SVT.

Hoernblad took the initiative, giving the stricken official a cardiac massage, helped by Rapaport and Ivarsson called for help on her mobile phone.When the cable car arrived at the summit, the Austrian team’s doctor took over until the arrival of the rescue helicopter. A local hospital reported later on Thursday that the man had survived.