Ipswich: Man dies at karting event

An ambulance attended the scene of the incident at Anglia Indoor Karting

An ambulance attended the scene of the incident at Anglia Indoor Karting

A MAN in his 60s died at a karting track despite the efforts of staff who were trying to resuscitate him.

According to eyewitnesses, the man got out of his kart at Anglia Indoor Karting in Farthing Road last Monday evening, and shortly afterwards, fell to the ground.

Stewards rushed to his side, put him in the recovery position and began performing CPR on him until the paramedics arrived.

The East of England Ambulance Trust spokesman said a call was received at 7.09pm on March 11 to reports of a man suffering from chest pains. A rapid response vehicle arrived at 7.15pm and the ambulance came minutes later, at 7.23pm, the spokesman said.

The spokesman added: “CPR was administered at the scene. The patient went into cardiac arrest. He died at the scene.”

Anglia Indoor Karting’s director, Keith Barton, said: “The staff here did a fantastic job and worked brilliantly. They did everything they could. It is very upsetting dealing with something like that. They couldn’t have done anything more than they did.”

An eyewitness said the venue was packed at the time, with around 60 people waiting at reception to get in.

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He said: “I saw the man fall against the gate and then he fell to the ground. I shouted for help to the stewards. They came over straight away and were brilliant.

“It was an incredibly sad incident. His family were there and were getting really upset.

“Everyone felt really powerless.

“We left after that as we didn’t feel like going karting anymore.”

Following the incident the firm offered to pay out refunds to anyone who wanted to leave.

Suffolk police was called to the scene by the ambulance service, however as the man died from natural causes, there will not be an inquest.