Truck driver Patrick Larkin knew something wasn't right when he plonked himself down in the plane seat.

The Northland man's instincts were right and within seconds he had suffered a cardiac arrest and passed out.

For the next 20 minutes passengers on the plane, including a nurse, jumped into action and carried out CPR and used a defibrillator to kick-start his heart again.

After his brush with death the 62-year-old was able to piece the drama together and spoke with the Northern Advocate.


Larkin has lived across the ditch in Australia for 17 years but he calls Panguru in the