Hero cleaner helps save man who fell unwell in Clacton toilets

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018
Cleaner Antony Luck pictured at the Pier Gap toilets in Clacton

A cleaner has been hailed a hero after his efforts helped save a man who fell unwell in seafront toilets.

Antony Luck, a Tendring District Council (TDC) cleaner, found the man unconscious in the public toilets at Pier Gap, Clacton, on Tuesday, October 9.

Antony reacted quickly, shutting off the toilets to the public and called the emergency services to the incident.

The cleaner, who has worked for TDC for a year, stayed with the man until help arrived from the East of England Ambulance Service.

Paramedics were able to stabilise the man and get him to hospital, and both the ambulance workers and police praised Antony for his quick thinking and lifesaving actions.

Clacton resident Antony, 29, said he was just doing what anyone else would have done.

“As soon as I saw this man I knew he needed help, and I just acted on instinct really,” he explained.

“I didn’t think much of it at the time, but when the emergency services said they’d ‘brought him back from the brink’ and that if I hadn’t have reacted so quickly he might have died, it sunk in.

“I didn’t do anything special, and I’d like to think that anyone who came across this chap would have done the same thing.”

Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member responsible for public toilets, added his praise for Antony.

“Antony’s actions were heroic and I would like to thank him for what he did,” Councillor Skeels said.

“I am immensely proud of him, and people such as Antony typify the great team of staff we have working for TDC.”

Last updated on: 10/10/2018 - 16:27