The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called at 12.20pm yesterday to Hartlepool Marina, where a 67-year-old man was found to be choking.
The charity’s Pride of Cumbria aircraft, from Penrith, and the GNAAS rapid response car, from Durham Tees Valley Airport, attended the scene alongside crews from North East Ambulance Service.
The GNAAS doctor-led crew assessed and treated the patient for what was described as a life threatening condition. He was put into an induced coma on scene and taken to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, by road ambulance. He arrived in a critical condition.