Successful Resus at Mona Vale

An elderly swimmer is recovering in hospital after members of the public and lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) successfully administered CPR at Mona Vale rock pool on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

At around 11.30am on Tuesday 24 January an 80 year-old man was swimming laps when he suffered what is believed to be a medical episode and lost consciousness.

Two quick-thinking locals pulled the man from the water and began CPR with several cycles of chest compressions performed on the unconscious swimmer. The Lifeguards on patrol 500 metres away arrived on the scene shortly after and continued treatment. A defibrillator was applied but was not required as the man had begun to show signs of life.

ALS Pittwater Lifeguard Supervisor Brad Woodward praised the efforts of the first responders on scene and the Lifeguards involved.

“It was great to see two members of the public act quickly to what was a challenging situation. It goes to show how important it is for everyone in the community to know the basics of CPR.

“The lifeguards arrived on the scene and acted with great professionalism to continue treatment until paramedics arrived. To know the gentleman is recovering in hospital is a wonderful outcome for everyone involved,” Mr Woodward said.

During his ordeal the man swallowed a significant amount of water and after being assessed by paramedics he was transported to hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Updated and corrected 27 January 2017

Tue 24 Jan 2017