Trust recognises heroic lifeguards

A team of lifeguards have been recognised for their heroic actions in saving the life of a swimmer.

Vivienne Frost was enjoying her morning weekly swim at Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, in Chelmsford, when she went in to cardiac arrest.

The team of lifeguards - Lewis Lucking, 19, Charlie Hyde, 21, Will Claydon, 20, and pool supervisor Abbey Richardson, 25 - put their training straight in to action, pulling Vivienne out of the pool and immediately beginning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Ambulance crews and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance raced to the scene on 18th August to take over the care of Vivienne and rushed her to Broomfield Hospital for treatment.

Vivienne joined the lifeguards and ambulance staff, along with leisure centre managers, at Chelmsford Ambulance Hub today (21st November) to meet those who saved her life.

She said: “Without these wonderful people, I would not be alive. I cannot thank you enough, and that really is from the bottom of my heart, for what you did for me.”

The team of lifeguards, who each hold the RLSS UK’s National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and are trained in CPR, were each presented with a certificate of thanks at the ceremony by Sandra Chick, Senior Locality Manager for mid-Essex.

Sandra said: “The actions of these young people are phenomenal. The training these staff received has clearly stuck in their minds and they should be incredibly proud.

“Delivering CPR is something anyone can do and as we have seen here today, being able to give effective and timely compressions really can make all the difference. If you’ve ever thought about how you can make a difference, learning CPR is something you can do and a skill you will have for life.”

Emergency Medical Technician Sally-Ann Curtis was the first member of the ambulance service to arrive on the scene that day and she said the top quality CPR that was being delivered by the young lifeguards definitely saved Vivienne’s life.

She explained: “Effectively, when they pulled Vivienne’s body from the swimming pool, she was dead. Their amazing CPR along with the assistance of a defibrillator, brought her back to life.

“By the time we put her in the ambulance, she was talking to us and answering questions. It really is a huge testament to these brave lifeguards and the great training they’ve had.”

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes, added: “It is fantastic that our lifeguards were able to save Mrs Frost. Our staff are trained to deal with major incidents of this nature but we always hope they never have to put those skills to the test. This training, along with the defibrillators we keep at the centre, enabled them to save her life. I am immensely proud of them all and am delighted we have been able to recognise and award their actions.”

 Published November 21st


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