Two Normans Bay men who helped save the life of a holidaymaker are to receive top national lifesaving honours.
Mick Mortlock and John Thorley have each been awarded Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificates for going to the aid of Jim Allwright. The 71-year-old, a regular visitor at Normans Bay Caravan Park, went into cardiac arrest back on March 28 and was spotted by 67-year-old Mr Thorley, who runs the shop at the site.
He called out to Mr Mortlock, 69, who lives in a house next to the site, and the pair used an instructional advertisement put out by the British Heart Foundation as guidance to help them revive the great-grandfather.
In addition to the awards they are to receive they also won the personal praise of the society’s secretary, Dick Wilkinson, as he announced the awards at the society’s London headquarters this week.
He said that Mr Allwright had collapsed outside the caravan park shop and when Mr Mortlock and Mr Thornley checked him they found no signs of life.
He continued, “They called for an ambulance and began to administer hands only cardiac pulmonary resuscitation.
“When the ambulance arrived they continued to assist as the defibrillator was set up and used.
“Once stable the man was transferred to hospital. He has been fitted with an internal defibrillator.
“But had it not been for their swift action he likely would not have survived.
“Mr Mortlock was following the instructional advertisement put out by the British Heart Foundation and, although Mr Thornley did qualify as a nurse, he has not practised for decades and instead has run the caravan site shop for many years.
“Both men richly deserve their awards.
“They literally brought Mr Allwright back from the brink of death.”
Mr Allwright, who was fitted with a stent and a defibrillator following his collapse, praised the pair and staff at the DGH.
The presentation of the awards, made on the recommendation of SE Coast Ambulance Service, is expected to take place in the near future.