Recently some revelations concerning the dreadful night of August 31, 1997 have been disclosed. Indeed, there is more to know about the terrible accident which took place in the street of Paris which has cost the life of Lady Diana as well as her lover Dodi Al-Fayed and the driver of the vehicle Henri Paul. Through the confidential of one of the firefighters present during the tragedy, dazzling news revealed the last words of Lady Diana.
Xavier Gourmelone, a 49-year-old Frenchman from Brittany, was one of the firefighters who first arrived at the scene of the accident. Bound by his protocols of profession, he never spoke publicly of the terrible night when the Princess of Wales lost her life. Now retired, Xavier Gourmelon is now free to confide in this accident.
“We were very close to the place and it took less than three minutes to reach the accident. My team of ten men was divided into two trucks, and we were the first to arrive,” he revealed, adding that “The car was totally destroyed, and we treat it like any other traffic accident. That’s when we got down to work to see who needed help and who was still alive. At that moment, Diana told me: “My God, what happened?” The woman, whom I later discovered was the Princess of Wales, was on the floor of the back seats. She moved very slowly, but I could see that she was alive. I also saw that she had a small injury to her right shoulder, but, apart from that, there was nothing significant. She was not bleeding at all”.
The man also explained how he tried to make her stay calm. “I took her hand and told her to stay calm and take it away, that I was there to help her and reassure her. I gave her some oxygen and my team and I stayed by her side while trying to get her out of the car. Everything was very fast because we did not even have to cut anything,” he said.
When the princess stopped breathing
A few minutes later, the princess stopped breathing. “We are all trained to offer first aid, and I saw that she suffered cardiac arrest and stopped breathing.”
“I gave her a massage in the heart, and a few seconds later, she began to breathe again. It was a relief, of course, because, as a first response, you want to save lives, and that’s what I thought I had achieved. To be honest, I thought I would get ahead. For all I knew, when she was in the ambulance, she was alive, so I expected her to live. But I discovered later that she had died in the hospital. I felt really bad. Now I know there were serious internal injuries, although the whole episode is still in my mind. The memory of that night will stay with me forever,” he added.
He also confessed that “Then I had no idea that it was Princess Diana. It was only when they put her in the ambulance when one of the doctors told me it was her. I was totally in shock. I knew who she was, but I did not follow British royalty closely. I went to the ambulance and, when I looked, I could recognize her.”
The firefighter also explained that: “I can still imagine it in my head. This is the first time I talk to the media. As a firefighter, I’m forbidden to speak, but now that I’ve left it, I felt it would be fine.”
“For me, this was just a casual car accident, one of the many with which they have to deal with emergency services and the usual causes; speed and a drunk driver. When I got to the car I could see that the driver was already dead and that nothing could be done for him. Mr. Fayed was in the back of the car and in poor condition; He suffered a cardiac arrest in his interior and, when he was taken out, he was declared dead by a paramedic. The body guard was conscious, but he was trapped with very severe facial injuries. He was asked about the princess all the time, but I told him not to worry because we were taking care of everyone,” he concluded.