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Bridlington RNLI Lifeguards praised as CPR saves man’s life

On Friday 2 August, RNLI lifeguards at Bridlington North beach were called to assist a man who was having severe difficulty breathing.

At around 4pm, a member of the public approached the charity’s lifeguards to ask if they could assist a man who was struggling to breathe. The man in his twenties, was in difficulty on the promenade 600 metres away.

Senior RNLI lifeguard Aaron Miles grabbed his first responder bag and dashed to the scene. Fellow lifeguard Ceri Boddy was brought in to assist and lifeguard Sam Cullen covered her post at Bridlington North beach.

Bridlington’s North Beach.

An off-duty nurse was already performing chest compressions on the casualty and the lifeguards assisted with this. Aaron used a defibrillator to try restart the man’s heart and then took it in turns with Ceri and the nurse to continue CPR.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and worked with the lifeguards and together they managed to get the man breathing again.

He was then taken by road ambulance to the nearby Coastguard station to an awaiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter. He was airlifted to hospital and remains in a stable condition.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Dave Brant, who also assisted at the scene said: ‘The casualty received swift and effective treatment which is testament to the seamless teamwork demonstrated by the agencies involved.

‘All RNLI lifeguards receive comprehensive first aid training as part of the role. This vital training ensured that our lifeguards remained calm under pressure. I’m extremely proud of the team, especially Ceri as it’s her first season as an RNLI lifeguard.’

A crew from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance airlifted the man to hospital.

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