Hero award

Sam Warren.

Grade 9 Camps Bay High School pupil, Sam Warren, recently received one of the highest honours from Western Province Surf Lifesaving: the Hero Award. While on holiday at his grandmother’s beach house, Sam was alerted to the fact that two people had pulled a drowning person from the sea. He ran out onto the beach where the two were attempting to perform CPR on the victim and Sam took charge of the resuscitation. The patient was vomiting and had an intermittent pulse but was not breathing. Sam was joined by two lifeguards from Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club who assisted him. About 15 minutes after that, the paramedics arrived and the victim was moved out of the tidal zone to the pavement, where all three of the lifeguards continued CPR in rotation with the paramedics. After about an hour the patient was declared dead. Lifesaving Western Province has commended Sam for his efforts in taking charge of the situation and performing CPR.