CPR Performed During Ocean Swim

Byron Bay Lifesavers and Lifeguards for the Australian Lifeguard Service have performed CPR on a competitor during an ocean swim on Sunday.

The 58yr old QLD man was spotted in the water and retrieved by members of the Byron Bay SLSC who were part of the water safety for the Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic.

The man was not breathing and CPR was commenced in the club’s Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) on the way to shore.

Lifeguards greeted the surf club water safety on arrival where CPR continued and a defibrillator was used to administer three shocks before the patient started to breathe again.

Surf Life Saving NSW State Duty Officer, Jimmy Keogh, praised the fast and professional response by the surf club's water safety and the lifeguards on duty.

“The fantastic prior preparation and training both during the lifesaving season and in the lead up to this event has ensured that the response to this incident was fast and professional.

“The patient was on the beach within two minutes of being spotted in the water with the defibrillator being administered shortly after. It was a fantastic effort by everyone involved,” he said.

The patient is now conscious at John Flynn Hospital under going further treatment.

Mon 5 May 2014