Dee Why Lifesavers In Successful Resus

Lifesavers from Dee Why SLSC put their training to good use last weekend after being involved in the successful resuscitation of a male body boarder.

Club members were alerted to the unfolding incident just before 9.20am on Saturday when the man aged in his 40s was pulled unconscious from the water as a result of hitting his head on a sandbar.

The patrol’s training immediately kicked in with one member of the team alerting the State Operations Centre of the incident while others assisted lifeguards with administering CPR treatment.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent praised the volunteers for their prompt action.

“This was a fantastic example of our volunteers working in conjunction with other emergency responders to ensure that a patient receives the best possible treatment.

“While incidents requiring CPR aren’t an everyday occurrence it is an important skill that our lifesavers have that is reinforced to them in their training,” Mr Kent said.

An ambulance helicopter was dispatched to the scene with the man later transported to hospital in a serious condition.

General Safety Tips:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, for your nearest patrolled beach check the BeachSafe app or website
  • Read the safety signs for information about the beach and ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety information
  • Always wear a lifejacket if you are rock fishing or boating
  • Always swim with someone else so you can look out for each other, and always supervise children around the water
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • If you need help in the water, stay calm and attract attention by raising one arm In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police
  • Don’t forget to be sun safe by remembering to: Slip on some protective clothing, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on a pair of sunglasses, Seek some shade and Sip on lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Information about beach patrol times can be found on the BeachSafe Website

It was a busy weekend for volunteer lifesavers across NSW with volunteers recording 161 rescues over the two patrolling days.

Mon 4 Apr 2016