As soon as the City Beach 16 Patrol heard someone was in trouble, they sprang into action.
Patrol Captain Montana Ardon, her sister Maddy, and fellow lifesaver Kate Olver rushed to the scene. They found Ian lying by the water’s edge. After assessing the situation, reassuring Ian and applying an oxygen mask, they called an ambulance.
Back at the club’s first aid room, they continued to supply oxygen and monitor Ian constantly for any changes to his situation.
When the ambulance arrived, paramedics confirmed that Ian was likely suffering from a heart attack and rushed him to hospital.
Once in the operating theatre, doctors found a blocked artery and inserted a stent. A few days later, Ian found out the long-term damage to his heart muscle was minimal, thanks to the expert care he received on the beach from the lifesavers, and how quickly they called the ambulance.
Ian is one of the 2,893 West Australians who receive first aid on our beaches each year – and it’s thanks to Montana, Maddy, Kate – and YOU – that he is alive and well today.
“First aid training really is the core of surf lifesaving. I can’t speak highly enough about the training we get. There’s a lot of work behind what we do so that whenever the public need us, we’re there and ready to help.” – Montana
In an emergency, skilled and fast action saves lives.
Trained lifesavers don’t just help people when they’re on duty – they’re always ready to help when people need it, so their training is a wonderful gift from you to the entire WA community.
Please send a gift today so our amazing lifesavers can keep us in safe hands on our magnificent West Aussie beaches.