Great Yarmouth lifeguards save life of choking baby

Great Yarmouth lifeguards save life of choking baby

Lifeguards on Great Yarmouth beach leaped into action to save a baby’s life after it started choking on a hard boiled sweet.

The 14-month-old’s panicked mother called to the RNLI team for help after her baby son started choking just after 5.30pm on Saturday.

Lifeguards Michael Clements and Andy Moore, both 22, were on duty and raced across the sand to the aid of the infant.

Once at the scene, Michael immediately took the boy from his father’s arms and reassured the parents that they would be able to help their son who could not breathe and was turning blue.

After attempting to encourage the baby to cough, Michael began to perform abdominal thrusts and back slaps while checking to see if the sweet had been dislodged.

An ambulance was called and after two minutes of first aid, the sweet was finally freed from the baby’s airways and the colour returned to his face.

Paramedics arrived and took the toddler for a check-up at hospital where the all clear was given by the doctors.

Nick Ayers, lifeguard supervisor, said: “After hours of advising the public on where to swim and responding to a number of water based rescues, they were still ready to react with speed to this medical emergency.

“Because of their rapid instincts, they ended up saving the life of a 14-month-old baby.”

RNLI lifeguards patrol the following beaches in Norfolk from 10am until 6pm every day until September 6; Cromer, Sheringham East, Sheringham West, East Runton, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Wells.


this news story was provided by great yarmouth mercury

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