Heartsine AED Saves Life at Frenchman's Beach - New South Wales, Australia

13/02/17

Bystanders and Lifeguards with a Heartsine Defibrillator have saved a surfer's life at Frenchman's Beach in the Caves Beach area south of Newcastle.

The 65-year-old was leaving the water at 11am on Friday when he collapsed - CPR was administered by an off-duty paramedic on the beach, before lifeguards arrived from nearby Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club with a HeartSine Samaritan AED.

"We put the pads on and we gave one shock, and a few minutes after that he came to," said Caves Beach Lifeguard James McMorland "I haven't really thought about it much but it may kick in later: sort of that we brang someone back to life."

The man was airlifted from the beach by the Westpac Rescue Chopper and taken to the John Hunter Hospital, additionally suffering a laceration from hitting his head on his surfboard when he collapsed.

NBN News interviewed lifeguards and an off-duty lifeguard involved.

"The defibrillator - nicknamed the Samaritan - it did the trick," said reporter Samuel Djodan.

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