The hero firefighter who gave Princess Diana CPR as she lay dying has told how he thought he’d saved her life. Xavier Gourmelon, 50, was covering the weekend shift at the fire station when he was called out to a Mercedes limo that had crashed in a Paris tunnel. Speaking for the first time since the crash, he said he had not known he was treating the famous Princess.
He treated the scene like “any other” traffic accident and didn’t realise the pretty blonde woman in the back was Diana. Mr Gourmelon, who worked as firefighter for 22 years, said Diana did not appear to be seriously injured when he first reached her. “I held her hand and told her to be calm and keep still, I said I was there to help and reassured her,” said Mr Gourmelon. “She said, ‘My God, what’s happened?’ I gave her some oxygen and my team and I stayed by her side as she was taken out of the car.”
But Mr Gourmelon said after he performed heart massage and CPR, the princess appeared to revive and was breathing when she was put into an ambulance. “To be honest I thought she would live,” he added. It was after Diana was removed from the wreckage that she suffered a cardiac arrest as she lay on a stretcher. An inquest later heard she had suffered serious internal injuries including a ruptured blood vessel near her heart.