Quick-thinking lifeguard averts drowning in Dublin pool
Conor Wright applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on swimmer at Rathmines leisure centre
The quick reaction and skills of a lifeguard in a south Dublin swimming pool saved a man from drowning.
Mr Wright dived in and reached the man. He applied mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while in the water before hauling him out.
CPR, including chest compressions, continued at the side of the pool and, by the time Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics arrived, the swimmer, a retired postman, had regained consciousness and was breathing unaided.
He was taken by ambulance to St James’ Hospital.
Paramedics praised Mr Wright for the skill and speed of his actions.
“He undoubtedly saved the man’s life,” said a Dublin Fire Brigade source, “and what he did shows the value of people knowing CPR and what to do in an emergency.”
Nicola Sheridan, manager of the Swan Leisure, said Mr Wright was a swimming teacher and life guard and had acted “brilliantly” under the circumstances.
She and another lifeguard/teacher in the centre assisted in the rescue.