A friend who travelled to Sheffield with one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster described the ‘intense pressure’ of the crush as he heard ‘people screaming,’ an inquest heard.
Anthony Campbell, a friend of Andrew Sefton, aged 23, of Skelmersdale, who died at the FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989, said that he asked his friend to follow him under the barrier but said ‘he thought that he couldn’t.’
Anthony said Andrew told him: “I’m fine, I’ll stay here.”
Mr Campbell says he was able to duck underneath the barrier but Andrew stayed on the other side, slightly behind him. He said he thought it was the last time he saw him.
The inquest in Warrington also heard from John Hughes, who recognised Andrew in the pen as they were in the same class at school.
Mr Hughes described Andrew as ‘clearly distressed’ and saw him go red then turn a shade of blue.
Mr Hughes said: “He was asking me, he said, ‘When is this going to stop?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it will stop any minute’ and then the bar went.”
He added: “I got the impression that he wasn’t getting enough oxygen inside his body.”
Video footage around 3.27pm saw Andrew being carried from the pen.
He was given mouth-to-mouth but died minutes later.
The inquests continue.