‘I’ve taken an overdose to kill me about an hour ago’: Listen to dramatic moment radio presenter Iain Lee saves man’s life by keeping him on air for 30 minutes until paramedics can get to him
- Iain Lee kept caller talking on talkRADIO as producer called emergency services
- The man told the radio host he had taken an overdose and was dying in the street
- Lee has been thanked by police who were able to locate the man and save his life
Radio presenter Iain Lee has been praised for saving the life of a man by talking to him on air for 30 minutes after he called to say he had taken an overdose.
The man, identified as Chris, called talkRadio and said he was ‘lying in the street, dying’ in Plymouth, Devon.
Lee, who starred in last year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, kept the caller talking and was able to get a description of where he was, while his producer Kath contacted emergency services.
Footage shows the moment Iain Lee took a call from a man who had taken an overdose
The talkRadio host alerted the emergency services who were able to save the man’s life
Iain, 45, who hosts a show called Late Night Alternative between 10pm and 1am, tweeted after the incident on Wednesday: ‘Tonight we took a call from a man who had taken an overdose. He was lying in a street in Plymouth, dying.
‘We managed to keep him online, get a description of what he looked like and was wearing, work out where he was and send an ambulance and police to him. Kept him on the phone for 30 minutes while he got harder to understand.
The presenter has since spoken out about the ‘horrible’ experience
‘Long periods of silence where I thought he’d died. f**k, that was intense and upsetting.
‘Thanks for your kind words. I really hope he makes it.’
Speaking about the ‘horrible’ experience, the radio and TV star added: ‘He phoned up, he was on the line for a while; we were dealing with someone else in a distressing situation at the time.
‘He (Chris) was on the phone and I couldn’t understand what he was saying. We get some calls from people with Parkinson’s Disease, with MS, different things.
‘So to get a call where you can’t understand someone, it’s not uncommon for us.
‘Quite early on, I said; “I can’t understand you mate.” And he said, “I have taken an overdose.”
Iain said he feared the man would die on air because there were prolonged periods of silence during the half hour call
‘I was able to establish, his speech wasn’t because of Parkinson’s, it was the induced thing.’
Iain said he feared the man would die on air because there were prolonged periods of silence during the 30 minute call.
But he managed to retrieve his name, age and location, which was outside a nightclub.
Iain added: ‘I have been suicidal in the past – I have never taken it as far as he did. He was in such a terrible state.
‘I just kept him talking. Initially, he said he didn’t know where he was, what was going on, he just said, he wanted to die.
‘I managed to get enough (detail) from him…he kept talking about a nightclub and then we established he was right opposite the nightclub.
‘It was very confusing. I kept him talking for probably half an hour. I thought he had died because he would go silent for five or 10 minutes. It was horrible.’
Iain Lee (pictured) kept the caller talking on talkRADIO while his producer contacted emergency services
The radio host took to Twitter to talk about the call-in and urge others to seek help
Devon and Cornwall Police’s Inspector Kevin Morley tweeted to thank Iain for what he had done.
He added: ‘My officers that attended and are now dealing with the caller. This is a very typical call for us sadly and December is a hard month for many.
‘We will do our best to direct him to long term support. We all have a role to play in supporting those that are struggling.’
Iain has previously been open about his own battles with mental health and depression, revealing he once ‘felt suicidal.’
After the incident people took to social media to praise the DJ for his actions.
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