A 67-year-old man is alive thanks to a quick response by lifeguards and paramedics after he was pulled unconscious from the water at Merewether Beach near Newcastle.
The man was found face-down in the water and pulled from the surf by lifeguards. Four ambulance crews were present.
The man had gone into cardiac arrest and, after CPR was performed at the beach, he was rushed to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
A spokeswoman from Hunter New England Health later said he was in a serious condition.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Phil Hogan, who was at the scene, said ambulance crews were able to restart the man’s heart after he was rescued.
“The man had been in the water for under a minute when lifeguards pulled him from the surf and they began CPR until we arrived, when paramedics took over,” he said.
“This man’s heart actually stopped and we used adrenalin to restart his heart – and it’s quite rare to have a patient come back like this.”
He said the immediate and continuous CPR provided by both lifeguards and paramedics probably saved the man’s life.
“This man has received a very high level of care, as a result of a team effort by paramedics and lifeguards and it demonstrates the vital importance of carrying out CPR as soon as possible,” he said.
“I would particularly like to thank the lifeguards – they’ve done a fantastic job and they should be praised for their efforts.”
It was unclear at what point the man went into cardiac arrest.
Police from Newcastle City Local Area Command attended the man’s home at Mereweather and took his wife to hospital.
The man remains in hospital in the intensive care ward. /**/
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