Air ambulance called out as cyclist suffers heart attack

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An off-duty nurse has helped save a cyclist who suffered a heart attack while out in Whitley Bay before an air ambulance arrived.

The cyclist, a 62-year-old man, had been near St Mary’s Lighthouse when he suffered the heart attack just after 11am today (Monday).

An off duty nurse saw the incident and started giving CPR before a rapid response paramedic arrived and other paramedics.

The Great North Air Ambulance was also called to the scene and a doctor on board helped provide treatment as well.

An air ambulance spokesperson said: “The air ambulance arrived and the doctor started treatment.

“The man regained consciousness and started communicating as well.

“He was taken by road ambulance to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for additional treatment. His condition is described as critical.”