Hillsborough: Daughter's search for St John Ambulance helper

  • 6 August 2013
  • From the section Wales

A woman who was just six years old when her father was killed in the Hillsborough disaster hopes to find the man who tried to save his life.

Charlotte Hennessy, from Flintshire, says there is strong evidence her father James might have been one of the 41 victims who could have been saved.

She is trying to find the St John Ambulance worker who helped him on the pitch ahead of a new inquest.

A stadium crush resulted in the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans in 1989.

The disaster happened near the start of the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium.

Verdicts of accidental death from the original inquest were quashed by the High Court last December and new inquests were ordered.

It came after a report from the Hillsborough Panel said 41 of those who died might have been saved.

Liverpool fan James Hennessy, 29, a plasterer from Ellesmere Port, had travelled to the match on a coach.

Ms Hennessy, from Connah's Quay, said she was hoping to find the St John Ambulance worker who had tried in vain to save her father as his evidence would be key at the new inquest.

"It's quite important to me and to my dad's inquest that he is a person who tried to help save my dad's life," she said.

"He knows what happened during that time on the pitch, the decision that was made to take my dad to the gym.

"So his evidence is vital to be part of his inquest."

The original inquest verdicts angered many bereaved families who were told that all victims had been injured by 15:15 on the afternoon of the match.

Evidence covering the response by the emergency services after this time was not heard.

But the Hillsborough Panel's report, published last September, said 58 of the dead "definitely" or "probably" had the capacity to survive beyond the 15:15 cut-off time.

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