Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman came to the rescue of a jogger who suffered a cardiac arrest in London’s Hyde Park, it emerged on Tuesday.
The Oscar-winning US actor, who owns a house in the British capital, was passing when Sam Dempster collapsed while running in the park on April 27, Dempster wrote on his blog.
The 27-year-old lawyer said he was “indebted” to the “Rain Man” star, who “waited by my side until paramedics arrived”.
Paramedic Martin Macarthur said Hoffman, 74, who starred as a keen runner himself in the 1976 film “Marathon Man”, had described to him how Dempster crashed to the ground, frothing at the mouth.
“It is essential to get a history of what has happened and he witnessed the jogger go down,” said Macarthur.
“He stayed on the scene for the whole duration of the resuscitation, which was about 15 minutes. He was very concerned,” he added.
“And at the end Mr Hoffman was kind enough to come up to all the crews and said, ‘Great job, guys!'”
Dempster — who was unconscious during his encounter with Hoffman and was only told about it later — blogged that the actor had telephoned emergency services, but Macarthur clarified that another passer-by had made the call.
Dempster wrote on Tuesday that he was “back home and on the road to recovery”, adding that he hoped to be running again soon.
A friend added on the website: “It is understood that the paramedic crew… accidentally packed up Dustin Hoffman’s iPod, sunglasses and other possessions in the excitement of loading Sam in to the ambulance.”
“We hope these items have found themselves back in your hands Mr Hoffman!”
Paramedics said the possessions had since been returned to the actor.
Hoffman is the second Hollywood star to come to a Briton’s aid in recent weeks. “Drive” star Ryan Gosling stopped a British journalist from being hit by a New York cab last month.