Life­guard hailed as hero for sav­ing man’s life

Cape Times - - METRO - RAPHAEL WOLF [email protected]

STRAND in­door swim­ming pool life­guard Cameron Van­nithing has been hailed for re­sus­ci­tat­ing an un­con­scious man after sav­ing him from drown­ing at the Strand beach at the week­end.

Van­nithing was on duty at the Strand in­door swim­ming pool when he heard some­one shout­ing that a bather was in trou­ble at the beach.

Mayco mem­ber for com­mu­nity ser­vices and health, Zahid Badroo­d­ien, said: “This young man didn’t think twice about go­ing into the wa­ter to pull out the vic­tim who had al­ready al­most drowned. Back on land, Cameron per­formed CPR and when paramedics ar­rived, he kept up the chest com­pres­sions all the way to the hos­pi­tal, where doc­tors man­aged to find a pulse.

“There is no doubt that with­out his quick ac­tions, there would have been an ad­di­tion to the num­ber of beach drown­ings.”

He com­mended the City’s life­guards for their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment, which en­sured there were no drown­ings at City pools.

“This does not mean there were no in­ci­dents at the pools and life­guards had their hands full with more than 300 help-outs and as­sist­ing in near-drown­ings,” he added.

The City’s pub­lic swim­ming pools at­tracted thou­sands of vis­i­tors over the school hol­i­days, said Badroo­d­ien, adding that only 19 of the City’s 35 fa­cil­i­ties had been opened to con­tinue wa­ter sav­ing, and would re­main open un­til the end of Jan­uary.

Giv­ing pool safety tips, Badroo­d­ien said chil­dren un­der seven should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at all times and that no al­co­hol, banned sub­stances, glass con­tain­ers or weapons of any kind were al­lowed on the premises. Also, no rough play, run­ning, dunk­ing or div­ing off shoul­ders, as well as swim­ming near or un­der the div­ing boards, was al­lowed.

If in trou­ble, swim­mers should try to stay calm, raise their hand and wave for at­ten­tion, or get to the edge of the pool to hold on. They should not grab any­one else, as they would pull them down into the wa­ter with them. If some­one was in trou­ble, alert a life­guard im­me­di­ately; don’t get into wa­ter that is too deep to stand in.

Pa­trons were re­minded that once a pool had reached its ca­pac­ity, no more pa­trons would be al­lowed in.

“There are still a few weeks left be­fore pools close and I want to en­cour­age res­i­dents to use the fa­cil­i­ties re­spon­si­bly. If you’re un­sure of the rules, speak to our life­guards and also in­form them if you’re not con­fi­dent in the wa­ter,” said Badroo­d­ien.

Life­guard Cameron Van­nithing has been hailed for re­sus­ci­tat­ing an un­con­scious man after res­cu­ing him from drown­ing at Strand beach.

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