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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Elderly Couple's Lucky Escape
5:37pm 20th September 2013
Two Liskeard taxi drivers are being hailed as heroes after saving an elderly couple from a carbon monoxide leak.
They had got worried about 89 year old Ken Webb and his companion during a journey.
When engineers checked over their home, they discovered the deadly gas was slowly poisoning them.
Ken says he knew something was not right: "I've never done this before I kept nodding off, you know, sat there and my head kept dropping right down between my knees, then I'd wake up again and take note and I was doing this all the time; I thought 'there's something wrong here somewhere'.
"She was delirious talking gobbledygook and things and she asked when I was coming down and I was already stood by the side of her. She wasn't aware of it and she didn't recognise me."
Mark Groom from All Gas in Saltash sent crews out to help and tells Pirate FM there are simple signs to look out for: "Mirrors above gas fires or mirrors around bathrooms or around appliances, they start to steam up or get a lot of moisture or the windows start to steam up - they're what we call the old-fashioned tell-tale signs that there might actually be a problem and obviously things do need inspecting."
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