Man dead after mob of 'angry males' swarms paramedics
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Man dead after mob of 'angry males' swarms paramedics

A 25-year-old man has died after paramedics say an angry crowd prevented them from treating him in Sydney’s south.

Paramedics were called to Iris Avenue in Riverwood where the man was suspected of having suffered an overdose on Sunday morning.

Five paramedics arrived but were not able to treat the man, who they said was in cardiac arrest.

The Australian Paramedics Association (APA) said relatives of the man became "irate" and a crowd of "angry males" tried to intervene, blocking those trying to treat him.

Paramedics called for police about 7.45am, but the man was dead by the time they arrived.

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"We had the outrageous situation where a violent mob demanded paramedics hand over a defibrillator and drugs, saying they would treat the patient," APA secretary Steve Pearce said.

No arrests were made, and police reported there were no injuries.

However, Mr Pearce said a female paramedic sustained a shoulder injury and her colleagues were "shaken up".

While police would not confirm the size of the crowd, Mr Pearce said there were about 70 people.

It was also unclear how many police officers arrived. Police estimated fewer than 20 were present, but Mr Pearce said there about 60.

Mr Pearce condemned the behaviour of the group.

"We don’t want any more people to face the horrifying situation of their loved ones dying because paramedics are unable to treat patients after threats of violence," he said.

In February, this year, paramedics took part in a discussion on occupational violence with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard at which measures to keep paramedics safe were discussed.

However, the APA said the state government and NSW Ambulance "have failed to implement strategies to keep paramedics safe".

Paramedics are "more and more frequently being impeded from doing their work or accessing the sick person, or whilst they’re trying to treat the person, they encounter violent aggressors", he said.