Life­guards save drown­ing man

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Quick-think­ing life­guards at a Porirua pool brought a dead man back to life last week af­ter he was found float­ing face down in the wa­ter.

The man, in his 70s, was taken to Welling­ton Hospi­tal af­ter a brush with death on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Four life­guards at the Arena Aquatic Cen­tre at­tached to Te Rau­paraha Arena found the man float­ing face down in the main pool about 10am.

Life­guard Seth Forbes, 19, earned his stripes on Paekakariki Beach and said his train­ing ‘‘clicked in to place’’ as he per­formed CPR on the man for eight min­utes.

The grav­ity of what he had done did not kick in un­til about five hours later.

‘‘It felt pretty weird to see him come back to life but it felt pretty good too,’’ he said.

The team res­cued him from the wa­ter and checked his vi­tal signs but found he was al­ready dead, Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance spokesman Daniel Paul said.

The am­bu­lance was called while CPR was per­formed on the life­less man. They man­aged to re­store his pulse and he was picked up by am­bu­lance staff, who hooked him into breath­ing sup­port and rushed him to hospi­tal.

The life­guards had man­aged to re­vive the man thanks to their CPR ef­forts, Mr Paul said.

Arena man­ager Willy Tau­rima said the res­cue was ‘‘very emo­tional and dra­matic’’ but the life­guards stayed com­posed and re­turned to their posts when the pool re­opened half an hour later.

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