AN American tourist has revealed the harrowing moments he died “twice” during the London Bridge terror attack.
Robert Piersant was on holiday in the capital with his wife Joyce and son when he stabbed in the knife, back and face.
He told and inquest quick-thinking doctors and a PC saved his life after “flat-lining twice”.
Mr and Mrs Piersant were among the 48 people injured when Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, launched a van and knife attack on June 3 2017. Eight people were killed by the attackers.
In an emotional tribute, Mr Piersant said: “I would like to say that I’m very grateful for the state of the police departments and their assistance, and especially Pc Sam Philpot, who never left my side.
“The doctors did great things putting me back together, but if it wasn’t for that Pc I would not have got to the hospital.”
He told the Old Bailey on Tuesday that he first thought he had been barged into by a drunk when he was approached by a terrorist, and pushed him away before seeing a knife.
The doctors did great things putting me back together, but if it wasn’t for that Pc I would not have got to the hospital.
“As I pushed him back, I’m looking at him. He started looking back towards me. He had an angry look,” he said.
“When he took a step towards me, I took a step back. That’s when I felt something at my left waist and that’s when I blacked out.”
BURST OF GUNSHOTS
Mr Piersant, who had been visiting his daughter and her husband in the capital from Colorado Springs, said three off-duty doctors who had been eating dinner at a nearby restaurant and police officers came to his aid.
“I heard two bursts of gunshots and as the gunshots went off, the Pc jumped on me,” he said.
The inquest heard Mr Piersant was eventually taken to hospital in an ambulance, but he did not have a pulse.
“I remember that very vividly, just like you hear on TV. I didn’t have a pulse, I didn’t have breaths. I recall flatlining twice,” he said.
In a witness statement, Mr Piersant said: “I have no evil thoughts or bad feelings. The people who did this are crazy and I don’t know anything about their background.”
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He told the inquest: “I’m upset at the state of the politics, but stupid people do stupid things and you have just got to take it in your stride.”
Xavier Thomas, 45, Christine Archibald, 30, Sara Zelenak, 21, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, Kirsty Boden, 28, Alexandre Pigeard, 26, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, were all killed in the attack, which was brought to an end in less than 10 minutes when the terrorists were shot.
Police responding to last night’s atrocity. Terrorists warned days ago that an attack on the UK was imminent[/caption]
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Three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before knifing passers-by at London Bridge[/caption]
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