Life-saving box ready for action

By Mal Butler

Friday, April 18, 2014

 

Life-saving box ready for action

From left, instructors from Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, Charlie Harris, Esther Minnigin, Kai Hall, Aston Rose-Kirby and Tim Corbett, with Nancy and Roland Ashton and, front, Duncan Walker, commercial trainer from the NHS IW Ambulance Service.

A PUBLIC defibrillator has been installed outside Freshwater Independent Lifeboat station.

The defibrillator was the idea of coxswain Andy Cotton, who explained: "We originally wanted to have one on our new boat but they don’t work in wet conditions, so we approached the NHS, and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service has given us one on permanent loan.

"We paid for the public access defibrillator box thanks to a donation to £100 from the Freshwater Bay Residents’ Association.

"A lot of our crew as well as members of IW Adventure Activities, who use the bay for kayaking, have been trained on it as well as other residents. It is something which can be of benefit to the whole area and could help save someone’s life."

An ambulance service spokesman said: "Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates are around five per cent but since the introduction of community defibrillators some areas have seen survival rates increase to as much as 74 per cent.

"This is now the second public defibrillator box we have on the IW. We hope in the future, with the support of the community, we can get many more defibrillators out there."

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