December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Lifeguards leapt into action to save a man after he collapsed on a Cromer beach and stopped breathing.
The man, in his late 50s, had been swimming at the town’s east beach yesterday afternoon when he came out of the water and collapsed on the shore.
It was quickly apparent that he had stopped breathing and a member of the public began CPR.
Lifeguard Sophie Liddament saw the scene unfold and ran down to take over resuscitation. She was soon joined by her colleague Alex Foster, who brought their casualty care kit.
Within three minutes of the lifeguards’ assistance the man had started breathing independently and regained consciousness. He was then passed into the care of paramedics, who also rushed to the scene, and taken to hospital.
While Sophie and Alex dealt with the patient, off duty lifeguard Dani Holford - who was on the promenade at the time - ran down to provide cover and kept watch over the other beach visitors.
Senior lifeguard Harry Woodley said: “It’s an immense relief that we were able to save this gentleman’s life and we wish him all the very best for his recovery.
“If he had not been swimming at a lifeguarded beach he would not have received vital first aid so quickly.
“Our casualty care training means we can respond to major first aid incidents like this, providing all-important early treatment before the ambulance service arrives.”