Retired Cop & Bystander Save Surfer

Posted by cocreator on March 05, 2014
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Oxnard police said they were seeking the identity of a woman who helped save a surfer Saturday because they want to thank her.

When a man was seen facedown about 10:40 a.m. off Mandalay Beach in Oxnard, a surfer and body-boarder paddled out to him and brought him to shore, officials said. One of them was Lawrence Manion, retired police chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

With a woman who had seen what was happening, Manion gave CPR to the unconscious surfer.

Police are seeking the identify of that woman to thank her, Sgt. Rob Flinn said Sunday.

“Ultimately, (the CPR) saved his life without a doubt,” he said.

Flinn said the man had an accident in the water.

“They estimated him to be in the water not breathing for about 10 minutes,” Flinn said.

Police did not release the name of the surfer, who was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center. He was responsive and recovering Sunday, Flinn said.

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Beachgoers & Lifeguards Save Surfer at Beach

Posted by cocreator on November 09, 2010
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Samaritans who helped keep a stricken surfer alive after he collapsed Thursday at San Clemente’s T-Street Beach say they are praying for his recovery.

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According to witnesses’ accounts, the man staggered to shore with his longboard about 1:40 p.m., threw the board down and collapsed, landing on his back while not quite out of the water.

Darren and Joy Mettler of San Clemente said they were on the beach, heard the surfboard hit, realized something was wrong and ran to help. Bob Frazer, a general contractor working on a house atop the bluff, saw the man stagger and fall, called 911 and shouted for others below to help.

The Mettlers described the surfer as pale and unresponsive. His lips were blue, they said.

Others arrived to help – at first trying what Darren Mettler called “untrained CPR” as it seemed the only option. Others arrived who were able to do proper CPR. A lifeguard in Tower Zero on the San Clemente Pier saw people gathering on the shore at T-Street and sent help just as the call arrived from the county via 911.

Lifeguards pulled up and were “amazing,” Mettler said.

Marine Safety officers Nick Giugni and Blake Anderson and lifeguard Allan Bayer applied CPR and used an automated external defibrillator donated by Helena Jacobson’s Ray of Life Foundation.

The AED “is probably what saved his life,” Anderson said. He also praised the efforts of the beachgoers who rushed to assist.

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills today confirmed the patient’s identity as Jay Campbell, 52, of Foothill Ranch. He was listed in stable condition, under intensive care. He had first been taken to Saddleback Memorial’s San Clemente campus, then transferred. The Mettlers, concerned about him, followed him as did Sarah Gicalone of San Clemente, who had assisted with CPR at the beach.

“We all did quite a bit of praying for him on the beach,” Gicalone said. “Surfers here are like a family. We do what we can do.”

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Son & Lifeguards Save Man after Surfing

Posted by cocreator on October 30, 2009
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Mr Callaghan, who has been body surfing since 1962, was holidaying in St Ives with wife Gill, 74, Julian, daughter Sue Tallis, 47 and her children Lucy, 15, and Harry, who live in Frolisworth, near Lutterworth.

John Callaghan the Survivor

John Callaghan the Survivor

He returned to the apartment feeling cold and tired after a surfing session on July 16.

John suddenly collapsed on the bathroom floor.

His son Julian, who used to be a lifeguard at Stamford Leisure Pool, gave his father emergency resuscitation while his grandson Harry Tallis, 12, ran to the beach to ask for help.

Lifeguards Robert Sprent-Howell, James Symons, Emily Harris and Ben Tregonning collected an emergency first aid kit, including a defibrillator, and ran to the apartment where they found Mr Callaghan unconscious.

Mr Callaghan’s heart was shocked three times by the defibrillator to get it started.

Another lifeguard Sarah Rowe and the St Ives Coastguard team cleared an area on the beach for the Royal Navy helicopter to land to take Mr Callaghan, who was breathing but had a weak pulse, to hospital.

After five days in intensive care in Truro, Mr Callaghan was transferred to Glenfield Heart Hospital, in Leicester and underwent surgery to fit an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Mr Callaghan is now fully recovered but says he has quit body surfing.

Mr Symons said: “We were delighted and very relieved when John’s wife came down to the beach the next day to tell us that he was making a recovery.”

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