EXCLUSIVE: Teenage girl describes moment she found collapsed Skripals

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Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:31am 19th January 2019. (Updated at 9:17am 21st January 2019)

Abigail McCourt has spoken about the Salisbury Novichok incident for the very first time.

The 16 year old, from Larkhill, was the first to spot two people collapsed on a bench in the Maltings on March 4th and didn't hesitate to help.

Abigail  believed Sergei Skripal was having a heart attack.

The teen, who was out celebrating her brother's birthday quickly alerted her mum who is a nurse and together they gave first aid to the two Russians until paramedics arrived.

Abby used the first aid skills she had learned at school to help the pair, putting Yulia in the recovery position.

Maltings Novichok incident
The bench in the Maltings where the Skripals were found unconscious became part of a major crime scene.

Abby and her mum had to undergo hospital tests to make sure they weren't contaminated with Novichok.

It was an anxious time for the family but Abby says she has "no hesitation" that she would do the same thing again despite the risk to herself.

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Abigail McCourt collects her award from Ellie Smith, of Smith England

Immediately following the incident and with the world's media focused on Salisbury, the pair didn't want any want press attention and kept their involvement quiet.

The key role Abby played has only come to light now because her mum,nominated her for the Lifesaver Award at Spire FM's Local Hero Awards.

Alison felt the the time was right for her daughter to be recognised for the "incredible" way she dealt with the scenario.

The judges were unanimous in their decision that Abigail was a very worthy winner.

Mum Alison, says she's extremley proud of Abby:

"As a qualified nurse it was a fairly routine situation for me but my daughter was amazing. Her prompt actions, spotting them in difficulty, and the way she assisted me to put Yulia Skripal in the recovery position had a significant impact on the outcome of the two victims."

Last night (19th January) Abby collected her award in front of 150 guests including the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police.

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Abigail McCourt collecting her Spire FM Local Hero Award

LISTEN:

Afterwards Abby gave her first ever interview to event hosts Martin Starke and Henrietta Creasey from Spire FM:

Abigail McCourt talks about her shocking discovery

This award was one of 12 handed out at the ceremony at The Stones Hotel - read more about the other winners here.

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