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Swimming champ saves life of public accounts committee ex-chairman

Former Commons public accounts committee chairman Robert Sheldon's life was saved by British Olympic swimming champion Duncan Goodhew, it has emerged.

The 1980 gold medalist and team captain was walking in front of the ex-Treasury minister in St James’ Park when he heard him collapse.

Recognising the symptom of a heart attack from his swimming training, he promptly resuscitated the 76-year-old veteran Labour MP.

Sheldon, now recovering at home, said that without Goodhew’s help he would have died.

He said: ‘Only 3% of those who have a cardiac arrest survive . He saved my life, undoubtedly. I could not have timed that walk better. He is a great man.’

PAC chairman in hospital after suspected heart attack

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