Quick-thinking staff at Victoria Park Leisure Centre in Ilkeston saved the life of a swimmer who got into difficulty in the pool.
Lifeguards saw that the man - in his late 60s - was in distress in the main pool and dived in to rescue him.
Realising that the man wasn’t breathing lifeguards and a team leader at the leisure centre performed CPR and used the centre’s defibrillator until paramedics arrived. An air ambulance was dispatched to transport the man to hospital, landing on the bowling green at Victoria Park.
The incident happened on Tuesday 18 December in the main pool at the leisure centre on Manners Road. The man, who lives locally, was said to be recovering well the following morning. His wife has personally visited the leisure centre to thank staff.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Leisure and Culture, says:
“Our highly-trained staff who were working at the time of this incident quickly put their life-saving skills into action. This was a team effort and all staff on the day played their part, from greeting the emergency crews to looking after the other members of the public. This is the second time this year that our staff have saved someone’s life at one of our leisure centres. Training in CPR and use of a defibrillator is a vital skill to have and one that I would encourage people to familiarise themselves with.”