Saturday 3 December 2016

Survivor has no recollection of escaping from deadly blast

Kate Ferguson

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

Video grab taken from BBC News of Mark Beamish, who survived the terrorist attack at Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels. Photo: BBC News/PA Wire
Video grab taken from BBC News of Mark Beamish, who survived the terrorist attack at Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels. Photo: BBC News/PA Wire

A survivor has told how he escaped the Brussels metro terror attack with just minor cuts and burns.

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European Parliament worker Mark Beamish (35), from Birmingham, was stepping off the train at Maelbeek station when the blast tore through the train, killing 20 people and injuring dozens.

The next thing he remembers is sitting amidst the dust and debris as bystanders rushed to his aid.

Mr Beamish (right) told BBC News: "I was travelling with a friend so I remember shaking his hand goodbye as I stepped off the train and that's the last thing I remember. I don't remember a blast, I don't remember any sound or vision, I have one static image of me crouching on some stairs covered in dust. The next thing I remember is being outside the station being looked after."

Mr Beamish said he has no idea how he got out of the station or what was going on around him.

He said the overriding feeling he had was "just confusion".

Pointing to scratches on his face, he said he managed to escape the blast with just superficial cuts, burns on his hands and some dizziness.

But as he was being tended to by a paramedic outside, panic erupted once again and everyone was told to run, he said.

"I remember being helped down to the floor by a bystander and then a paramedic coming along who called my wife for me to tell her that I was injured but that I would be fine", he said.

Then he was helped to a nearby office and collected by ambulance.

Irish Independent

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