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Lifeboat volunteer offers help to distressed woman brandishing a knife in Weston shop

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 03 January 2018

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An RNLI volunteer used his training to help a distressed 18-year-old woman holding a knife in a Weston-super-Mare shop.

Chris Cox, a member of the lifeboat team, was warned to stay out of the shop because of the worrying situation, but he instead offered to help the woman, who is believed to have a severe mental illness.

He spoke to the her, while she was crouched on the floor brandishing a knife, and gained her trust.

Chris continued to talk to her when the police arrived, as their presence made her more agitated.

When the police moved to detain her, she fell to the floor and appeared to have trouble breathing.

Chris used his RNLI first aid training to monitor her and her breathing improved.

Richard Spindler, lifeboat operations manager at Weston, said: “Coxy, in the true spirit of the RNLI, stepped in in someone’s hour of need, not once but twice, and all within the space of an hour.”

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