A brave teenager who rushed to the aid of a man who had collapsed was then stunned to discover he had been the victim of a theft.
Harrie Rose, 19, was giving first aid to a man who had been taken ill on the beach at North Shore and stayed with him for around 45 minutes until the man was taken to hospital on Sunday evening.
When he returned to his belongings, which he had left where he had been sitting near to North Pier, he discovered someone had rifled through his coat pockets and stolen what they laid their hands on.
Thee stolen property included Mr Rose’s passport, his National Insurance card and around £10 in cash.
The teenager, who lives in Claremont, said: “I was just chilling on the beach when I noticed a man face down in the sand, and I could just sense something was wrong. He wasn’t moving.
“I rushed over to him, called to some children nearby to call for an ambulance and put him in the recovery position.
“I kept him safe and conscious until the paramedics arrived, and stayed with him until he was taken to hospital.”
Mr Rose, a Blackpool bar worker, said when he returned to collect his coat at it felt light. He soon realised someone had stolen his belongings.
“Someone had stolen my passport, which I use for ID, my National Insurance Card and my money while I was administering first aid and possibly saving a man’s life,” he said.
“They must have put their hands in the pockets, grabbed what they could and legged it.”
Mr Rose said he learned first aid through the St John Ambulance when he was younger, though never thought he would have to use it in such circumstances.
He added: “I feel I have made a difference to that man’s life.
“I think he was 20-years-old, and he was drifting in and out of consciousness. It was up to me and the first response paramedic to keep him awake, as you’re not supposed to let them fall asleep.
“When he came around he grabbed my hand and asked me not to leave until he was in the ambulance, so I stayed with him.
“I have to give credit to the first response paramedic – he was amazing considering we had a really hard job of keeping the man awake.”
But Mr Rose said his elated mood following his good deed was short lived when he discovered the theft.
“I don’t really know what to feel,” he added.
“I know they haven’t taken much, but I have to live too.
“My passport was expired, and I don’t know what they can do with my National Insurance card, but I need them for my UCAS application for college, which is going to be delayed now.
“It’s just a really annoying thing to have happened when I did such a good thing.”