Rodney Times : February 25th 2016
Art trail for Hibiscus Coast P3 Rodney Times Thursday, February 25, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Seatbelt slackers targeted P10 Some of the Orewa patrol members who were involved in the rescue, back, Levi Ata, Holly Skinner, Julia Marsh, Alice Friend, Ella Taylor and John Chapman, with Shanae Johnston and Aoife King in the front. PHOTO: AMANDAWIGNELL PHOTOGRAPHY Lifeguards save father, son Four young Orewa lifeguards have helped earn their club the BP Rescue of the Month for January. Fourteen-year-olds Shanae Johnston, Aoife King and Ella Taylor and 15-year-old Alice Friend were on mobile patrol near the estuary at Wenderholm Regional Park’s northern end in their lunch break, when a boatie alerted them to people in trouble. Two swimmers, a 53-year-old man and his 10-year-old son, were struggling against the outgoing tide. Without the aid of rescue tubes, the girls hit the water. Two of them swam the boy back to shore against the tide, while the other two worked to get the father to safety. Three of the girls were only on their second patrol ever and the group peformed a near text book rescue, Orewa Surf Life Saving Club chairman and the vice patrol captain on the day John Chapman says. ‘‘I was extremely proud of the way they performed. It is a credit to them.’’ ‘The boy was able to walk and was not showing any signs of fatigue or water inhalation. But his father was exhausted, could not stand and was placed in the recovery position. Johnston and Friend remained with them while Taylor and King ran to alert patrol captain Chris Dunn. They returned with a defibrillator and radio. Dunn found the man breathing rapidly and with a high heart rate. A quick test showed low oxygen levels. So Dunn quickly administered oxygen, suspecting water inhalation. Another patrol member radioed Chapman at Wenderholm who informed SurfCom and an ambulance was called. Within five minutes of administering oxygen, the patient began to expel water. Six lifeguards then took turns carrying an oxygen bottle and the man on a spinal board a kilometre to a park ranger’s vehicle where he was then taken to meet the ambulance. The exhausted man didn’t speak or open his eyes, but his oxygen levels had returned to normal when he was taken to North Shore Hospital.
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