Published On: Wed, Aug 30th, 2017

'She ought to have lived' Man who fought to save lots of Diana says he thought she would survive


Xavier Gourmelon was one of many first responders on the scene of the deadly crash as he was working on the close by Malar hearth station in Paris the place he was the obligation officer.

He has revealed he thought would dwell as a result of she didn’t seem to have any important accidents when he arrived on the Pont de l’Alma tunnel. 

In his first interview for the reason that crash, and having solely spoken publicly as soon as earlier than – through video hyperlink throughout her inquest in 2007 – Mr Gourmelon described the scene and the way he thought Diana would pull by way of.

Mr Gourmelon, 50, stated: “I massaged her coronary heart and some seconds later she began respiration once more. 

“It was a aid after all as a result of, as a primary responder, you need to save lives — and that’s what I believed I had carried out.

“To be trustworthy I believed she would dwell.

“So far as I knew when she was within the ambulance she was alive and I anticipated her to dwell.

“However I discovered later she had died in hospital. It was very upsetting.

“I do know now that there have been critical inside accidents, however the entire episode continues to be very a lot in my thoughts. And the reminiscence of that night time will stick with me perpetually.”

The previous firefighter stated the 36-year-old princess was on the ground at the back of the automotive and was shifting barely when he arrived.

Mr Gourmelon gave her oxygen and stayed apart from her as she was faraway from the automotive wreckage. 

He stated: “I may see she had a slight damage to her proper shoulder however, apart from that, there was nothing important. 

“There was no blood on her in any respect.”

However when Princess Diana was positioned on a stretcher, she suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped respiration. 

He stated Princess Diana’s ultimate phrases to him had been: “My God what’s occurred”. 

Mr Gourmelon stated when he first arrived on the scene within the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris, he was unaware of who the well-known victims of the crash had been.

He informed The Solar: “The automotive was in a large number and we simply handled it like every highway accident. 

“For me this was merely a banal visitors accident, one in all many who emergency companies should take care of and it was the standard causes, velocity and a drunk driver. 

“We had been very near there and it took lower than three minutes to succeed in it.

“My 10-man workforce was in two vans and we had been first to reach.

“We obtained straight to work to see who wanted assist and who was alive.”

Mr Gourmelon stated it was clear when he arrived on the scene that the driving force of the automotive Henri Paul was useless and there was nothing that might be carried out for him.

Though the princess was taken to Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, she died at 4am after she suffered a ruptured blood vessel subsequent to her coronary heart inflicting her huge inside bleeding, in addition to different inside accidents. 

Diana, 36, Dodi Fayed, 42, and their chauffeur Henri Paul had been killed when their Mercedes crashed within the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31 1997.

The previous firefighter’s interview comes as Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has made a go to to the positioning of the deadly crash for the primary time. 

Mr Gourmelon stated he solely felt in a position to give an interview in regards to the horrific incident as a result of he’s now not a firefighter. 

It comes as Prince William and Harry, who had been simply 15 and 12 when their mom was killed, made a private pilgrimage to view the floral tributes left in reminiscence of their mom as Harry confessed “all of us misplaced someone”.

William and Harry stopped to have a look at the heartfelt messages, photos and flowers left in remembrance of Diana, Princess of Wales on the gates of her former dwelling Kensington Palace.


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