Lifeguards in Imperial Beach used an electronic defibrillator to revive a 65-year-old bodyboarder on November 30th who lost consciousness while surfing with friends.
The man, who authorities declined to identify, had gone surfing with two friends that afternoon when he “started having problems and turning red,” said Cpt. Robert Stabenow of the Imperial Beach Fire Department. “When his buddy grabbed him, they saw he was unconscious.”
Lifeguards on patrol noticed the situation when the man’s friends were bringing him out of water to the beach.
The victim was not breathing and had no pulse when lifeguards started CPR and used the electronic defibrillator, according to Imperial Beach authorities. Only “one shock” from the defibrillator was necessary for the man’s heart to start beating and for him to start breathing on his own, authorities said.
He was reported as well enough to be “making conversation” in the ER department of Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista, where he had been transported by IB Fire Department paramedics, city officials said.
Lifeguards Art Ayala, Hans Kohler, Brittany Hansen as well as Sgt. Jason Lindquist were scheduled to receive an award from the city at the council meeting on Wednesday, December 4.