Lifeguards Assist In Suspected Heart Attack

Lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS), volunteer lifesavers, and paramedics worked together to provide first aid treatment to a man who suffered a suspected heart attack in the state’s far north on Monday.

The man aged in his 30s was swimming at Boulders Beach, Ballina at around 10.30AEDT on Monday when he began tightness and a tingling sensation in his face, arms and chest.

He was able to get himself to shore before he lost consciousness on the beach.

ALS lifeguards patrolling nearby Sharpes Beach were alerted to the incident with one lifeguard dispatched to attend the scene assist with first aid with a defibrillator while the other remained on duty.

Ultimately the man was stabilised by the attending responders and CPR and the defibrillator was not required.

The man responded to oxygen treatment and was later transported to hospital for further assessment.

Elsewhere it was a busy day for volunteer lifesavers across the state on a day where the mercury topped 30 degrees.

Our members responded to a range of incidents including heat stress, suspected cardiac incidents, a reported shark sighting, suspected spinal injuries, an allergic reaction and fractures.

Members of the public concerned have praised lifesavers for their professionalism and care shown in responding to these incidents especially when administering first aid.

This diverse range of incidents highlights the challenges of being a volunteer lifesaver and demonstrates that there isn’t a typical day.

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to thank all our volunteers for their efforts in keeping people safe during today’s public holiday, and of course the fine work they do on our beaches each and every weekend throughout the patrol season.

Top Ways To Stay Safe At The Beach:

  • Always swim between the red and yellow patrol flags, and assess the conditions before heading out

  • Sun protection is essential – reapply sunscreen regularly, cover up with clothing, a hat and sunglasses and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs or swim at night

  • Plan ahead. Swim with a group of friends where possible so you can look out for each other, and always let others know your plans

  • Ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for advice about the unique challenges and conditions at the beach you are visiting

  • When rock fishing always make sure you are dressed appropriately, and plan ahead by carrying a phone, and letting people know your plans

*In an emergency, dial Triple Zero Police

  • Visit the Beachsafe Website or download the Beachsafe app for information on patrolled beaches and conditions

Mon 5 Oct 2015