Burnham-On-Sea teenager saves life of unconscious diver
Burnham-On-Sea teenager helped to save the life of a diver by
giving him CPR when he was left 'unconscious and unbreathing'
following an accident in Weymouth at the weekend.
Bird, 17, a water skiing enthusiast and lifeguard, was training
on the south coast on Sunday (May 1st) with her father Steve,
pictured, when she heard about the man's condition and swam over
to help him.
said: "Sunday's training didn't go quite as planned. I was
just about to get my ski on when an emergency mayday call came
through 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. They 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
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."
added: "This is the reason why I love my job as a lifeguard
because you really don't know when you're going to need to use
your training. So next time you think that all a lifeguard does
is sit on a red chair, please think again."
middle-aged man was air-lifted to nearby Dorchester Hospital and
his condition was unknown.
is a lifeguard at Burnham-On-Sea Swim & Sports Academy and,
as a keen water skier, is bidding to qualify for the World Championships
in 2017 and is the current GB and European Champion in her age
Top, Hannah and her father Steve. Centre - the incident underway
and, above, water ski training