National honour for team who saved swimmer’s life

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A Leighton man has won a national accolade for lifesaving.

David Springthorpe of Sandhills, works as a duty manager and lifeguard trainer at the Hertfordshire Sports Centre in Hatfield.

David and his colleagues were recognised after they performed emergency care resuscitation and CPR to a 62-year-old swimmer who had suffered a cardiac arrest in the pool.

The team were awarded the prestigious title of Lifeguard of the Year at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and IQL UK – the drowning prevention charity.

David said: “It’s a great honour to receive this honour and I am extremely proud of all the lifeguards. Effective teamwork was essential throughout the rescue.

“The RLSS ongoing training programme has ensured that lifeguards get regular practice and training on emergency situations. This training proved invaluable as it helped the team to remain calm and focussed on their individual roles.A rescue situation like this highlights the important role lifeguards play within our society and their firm commitment to pool safety.’’

Steve Parry, Olympic swimmer and guest speaker at the award ceremony, said: ‘’It was an honour to present awards to such inspiring people who have all risen to a very difficult challenge of saving the lives of those people who need them most. Everyone of the finalists does a tremendous job, day in, day out and keep people safe.”