A group of LeisureFit Booragoon lifeguards have been recognised with Bravery Awards from the Royal Life Saving Society of WA after helping to save the life of the wife of a City of Melville Councillor.
On 7 January 2020, lifeguards at the leisure centre were asked for assistance by Councillor Clive Robartson when his wife Cherryl had fallen unconscious in the change room after experiencing cardiac arrest.
Healthy Melville Supervisor – Aquatic Operations Alexandra Gamble and lifeguards Dylan Power and Liam Taylor were awarded with the Gold Star Bravery Award and lifeguards Shay-Lee Smith and Harley Osborne received Bravery Commendations from Royal Life Saving Society WA on Friday, 7 October.
Cr Robartson said Cherryl and he were both grateful for the response from the staff at LeisureFit Booragoon.
“The quick actions of the lifeguards helped save Cherryl’s life and we are so appreciative,” said Cr Robartson.
“We are both so pleased that the staff have been recognised with Bravery Awards.”
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said he was pleased the LeisureFit Booragoon lifeguards had been honoured.
“The lifeguards’ professional behaviour and fast response in helping to save the life of Mrs Robartson are more than worthy of being recognised,” said Mayor Gear.
After Mrs Robartson had fallen unconscious in the change room, lifeguard Dylan Power was first on the scene and after he radioed for help, he was joined by Alexandra Gamble and Liam Taylor.
Whilst applying the defibrillator they conducted an assessment, they realised that she was showing no signs of and commenced CPR with Dylan Power and Alexandra Gamble providing the compressions while Liam Taylor performed breaths.
Meanwhile, other staff members provided support, Harley Osborne called 000 and relayed information to the staff and emergency services while Shay-Lee Smith coordinated the evacuation of pools and management of other patrons.
After four shocks from the defibrillator and continuous CPR, the team were able to successfully revive Mrs Robartson and placed her into the recovery position until the emergency services arrived.
She was taken to the hospital for further treatment and went onto recover from the incident.
The staff dealt with the incident in a calm and professional manner and their effective teamwork and quick-thinking saved her life.