Lifesaving Training Pays off in Indian Rescue

Australia’s commitment to help train lifesavers overseas proved invaluable in a successful rescue and resuscitation at a popular Indian Beach overnight.

Aneesh Panambur, who is a qualified surf lifesaver and trainer with Rashtreya Lifesaving Society (RLSSI) and member of Stoked Surfers Club saved the life of a man in Mangalore on India’s Western Coastline on Thursday.

According to Indian Media reports, the patient was a 22-year-old man who was part of a film crew who got into difficulty while swimming at Tannirbavi Beach. The rescue has attracted media coverage across India and was described on social media by witnesses.

“Aneesh spotted the drowning person who was getting pulled in by pre monsoon current in the beach. He ran in to the sea taking a rescue tube with him keeping his eye on the victim. He swam about 25metes in to the sea,” Partha Varanashi wrote online.

After returning the unconscious man to shore, Panambur performed CPR and successfully revived him.

Australian lifesavers have developed strong relations with India over recent years in an effort to share their expertise and knowledge to help reduce the drowning toll. There is currently a hugely successful Nippers program running in Mangalore, where Panambur is one of the trainers.

Mr Panambur had only recently qualified as a surf lifesaving trainer in March when he attended a course in India conducted by Coogee’s Doug Hawkins.

Photograph: Lifesaving candidates in India learn how to perform CPR during a course earlier this year.

Courtesy of Doug Hawkins

Fri 5 Jun 2015