who was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea teenager dies in hospital
diver has died despite a Burnham-On-Sea teenager helping to rescue
him from the sea off Weymouth at the weekend.
58-year-old man from Yeovil was pulled from the sea off Portland
just after 1pm on Sunday by the coastguard helicopter.
Bird, a sixth former and lifeguard from Burnham-On-Sea, pictured
here with her father Steve, was water-skiing training in Balaclava
Bay, near Portland, when she responded to a mayday call on her
17-year-old was practising for 2017 Water Skiing World Championships
with her dad Steve on a race boat when they heard the SOS message.
drove to the diving boat, which was about five minutes away, and
Hannah jumped aboard and started to perform CPR for the first
time in a real-life emergency.
said: "I was just about to get my water ski on when the emergency
mayday call came through on the boat radio of an unconscious unbreathing
diver in the bay."
quickly drove round in the boat, I jumped into the water and swam
to their boat where they dragged me in."
all looked at me weird as I look much younger than I am but I
assured them that I was qualified and could help."
started CPR until the air helicopter arrived, but trying to keep
everyone in the boat calm and with a bunch of strangers, was very
hard! We continued CPR for 25 minutes whilst trying to put the
defib into him, cutting off his wetsuit and putting the helicopter
harness onto the man."
diver was then airlifted to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester
for treatment but sadly died a short time later.
father Steve, who was a Coastguard in Burnham for 16 years, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "At sea you just know you have to help
each other. When we heard the mayday message we knew straight
away that we had to respond."
thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time - everyone
onboard the boat did their best to help him, but he was in a bad
way. Everyone was really shaken up by it. It was a traumatic experience."
spokeswoman for Dorset Police said: "Dorset Police were called
at 2.36pm on Sunday 1st May by Dorset County Hospital to reports
that a diver had been rescued from the sea off Portland just after
1pm by the coastguard helicopter."
58-year-old man from Yeovil was airlifted to Dorset County Hospital
for treatment. Sadly he died a short time later. His next of kin
have been informed and the coroner notified. An investigation
is under way to assist HM Coroner."