Es­ca­la­tor ‘saint’ sought

Southport Visiter - - Front Page -

A GRANDAD and city prison of­fi­cer “al­most died” af­ter he fell down a 30ft es­ca­la­tor at a Merseyrail sta­tion.

John Fletcher fell at Moor­fields, as he was try­ing to get home to South­port af­ter a work night out.

The 69-year-old was knocked un­con­scious and was taken to the Royal Liver­pool Hos­pi­tal, where he re­ceived treat­ment for cuts and bruises and was kept in for the night.

Now, the grandad-ofeight and his fam­ily are try­ing to track down a woman who ap­par­ently saw the ac­ci­dent and com­forted the HMP Liver­pool em­ployee un­til emer­gency help ar­rived.

And she twice phoned the hos­pi­tal to check that he was do­ing okay.

Mr Fletcher suf­fered a bad cut to his head, with es­ca­la­tor track lines left em­bed­ded on his face, and also sus­tained bruises to his lower back and legs.

Medics have told him they were shocked he was not more badly hurt.

His grand­son, Calum Cooke, has ap­pealed on so­cial me­dia for help, and said: “My grandad had a nasty fall last night, and is lucky to be alive. Some ab­so­lute saint of a lady helped him and got him to safety.”

Mr Fletcher’s son said: “My dad had a very nasty fall down Moor­fields train sta­tion es­ca­la­tors. He is okay and knows how very lucky he has been.

“A lovely lady stayed with him, and cov­ered him with her jacket, un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived.

“She then called the Royal Hos­pi­tal twice in the night to check he was okay. He would like very much to thank her, but we don’t know who she is ... it was Moor­fields train sta­tion (any­one who knows that sta­tion knows how high and steep those es­ca­la­tors are).

“We as a fam­ily can’t bear to think of how much worse the out­come could have been.

“Thanks to all those who do share this post, re­ally do hope we can find her.”

The fall hap­pened on Fri­day, at about 11.15pm.

Mr Fletcher can­not re­mem­ber any­thing about his fall, and has no rec­ol­lec­tion af­ter leav­ing the last pub on a night out.

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