Friend tried to revive 22-year-old Hillsborough victim

Gary Collins, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
Gary Collins, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo.
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A friend of one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough has described his attempts to save his life.

Gary Collins, who was 22, was among those killed in the disaster at the FA Cup semi final in 1989.

Patrick Thompson, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo

Patrick Thompson, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo

At the new inquests, his friend Henry Clark who was at the game with him said they were in Pen Three on the Leppings Lane terrace.

They got separated in the crushing that occurred and he said about 20 minutes after the match was stopped, he managed to get out off the terraces.

Mr Clark said he found Gary lying on the pitch.

He said two policewomen told him they had been trying to revive him without success for 20 minutes.

Mr Clark said he tried to help Gary but they told him they had already tried.

He says: “I started pounding on his chest. I didn’t know what to do, being honest.”

He said in his statement: “I stayed with Gary, and after a while, a policeman and a gang of supporters put Gary onto a piece of hoarding and carried him to the gym inside the ground.

“I waited there for a few minutes and I then helped to carry Gary into the gym.”

Mr Clark said he saw Gary’s condition change while he was with him.

He says: “His colour went from him.”

Evidence was also given today about the death of dad-of-five Pat Thompson.

The 35-year-old had been at the match with brothers Joseph and Kevin.

His brother Joseph said that after they found Pat by the stadium gym, he tried to give him the kiss of life but was told by a medical person that he was dead.

The inquests continue.