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FRANCE

Patient saves his driver

A late-stage cancer patient has saved the life of an ambulance driver who suffered a heart attack, by taking the wheel of his vehicle and driving him to hospital, medical officials said. Christian Nayet, a 60-year-old cancer sufferer from Berck-sur-mer, rescued the driver on Thursday last week by taking him to a hospital in Lens, hospital emergency room manager Frederic Allienne said on Wednesday. Nayet told newspaper Voix du Nord the driver had suffered a heart attack while taking him to a hospital in Lille for a regular scan. “I told him: ‘Give me the keys, trust me. My life is not in danger, but yours is.’” Nayet said. “I couldn’t find the siren, but I managed to turn the lights on and told him to put his arm out the window to signal to the cars to let us pass.” During the drive, Nayet had also administered a blood anticoagulant to the driver. Without his assistance, the driver “could have died,” Allienne said.

FRANCE

Brake failure causes crash

Brake failure was almost certainly what caused a coach full of young Britons to crash in the Alps, the prosecutor investigating the terrifying accident said on Wednesday. The coach’s British driver was left dead and three passengers were seriously injured on Tuesday when the coach crashed on a bend near the end of a steep descent from the ski resort of Alpe-d’Huez. “It is very probably an issue with the brakes,” Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat said. According to passenger accounts, the driver had shouted out that the brakes were not working as the coach hurtled toward the last of a series of 21 treacherous hairpin bends. After veering off the road, the coach crashed through trees and hit rocks. Most of the passengers were able to escape before the coach caught fire, but one of them is being treated in a specialist burns unit in Lyon. “We came very close to a catastrophe,” said Jean Rampon, the top administrative official in the region. “All the thoughts of the survivors are with the driver, who saved their lives.”

UNITED KINGDOM

Osbourne sorry for bingeing

Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne apologized on Tuesday for bingeing on drink and drugs over the last year and a half, but said he was not getting a divorce from his wife, Sharon. The British singer’s comments on his Facebook page were a response to media speculation about the state of his marriage, with reports that he and Sharon had split up after more than 30 years and were living separately. “Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing,” Osbourne, 64, said on his Facebook page. “I’m just trying to be a better person.” He said he had been drinking and taking drugs for the last year and a half, and had been in a “very dark place,” but has now been sober for 44 days.

CROATIA

Bottle found after 28 years

A Canadian man’s message in a bottle honoring his promise to write to a woman named Mary has finally washed ashore 28 years later in Croatia. Surfers cleaning the debris from a beach at the mouth of the Neretva River in the southern Adriatic came across a half-broken bottle with a paper inside, Croatian newspaper Dubrovack Vjesnik said on its Web site on Wednesday. A 23-year-old local surfer nearly threw it away when she spotted a wet paper inside, which contained a message from Jonathon in Canada. “Mary, you really are a great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend always, Jonathon, Nova Scotia, 1985,” the message said.

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