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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      May 11, 2005

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Two City and County lifeguards have been credited with saving the life of a 75-year-old local resident at Waikiki Beach yesterday, Tuesday, May 10.


            At approximately 12:50 p.m., Lieutenant Anthony Ho and Water Safety Officer James R. Sloane responded to a call for assistance from behind lifeguard tower 2B, in front of the Honolulu Police Department Substation on Waikiki Beach.  According to his daughter, the man collapsed while putting his surfboard away in the racks near the concession stand.


            After initial assessment, Ho began CPR while Sloane responded with emergency medical equipment, including an automatic external defibrillator (AED).  The lifeguards used the AED to apply an electrical shock that re-started the man’s heart.  The patient was transported by City and County EMS ambulance to Straub Clinic and Hospital, where he was treated in the Emergency Department.


            Both lifeguards recently completed the 110-hour Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Training for Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division personnel, and were able to use their advanced medical training and the AED to save the man’s life.


            “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this incident,” said Ocean Safety Administrator Ralph Goto.  “Lifeguards with advanced medical training and an automatic defibrillator were responsible for saving this man’s life.  Our City lifeguards are among the most thoroughly trained in the country and have set the standard for other agencies to emulate.” 


            Elizabeth Char, M.D., director of the City’s Emergency Services Department, said today, “This is another example of the outstanding work of our City lifeguards and their vital role in effective pre-hospital emergency care.  Our entire community benefits from early recognition, intervention, CPR, and defibrillation by properly trained and equipped first responders.”


All City ocean lifeguards are medically trained at the First Responder level.  Fifty-one (51) lifeguards have been certified at the EMT-B level.  The division deploys 45 automatic defibrillators at selected beaches around the island.  The Division’s goal is to have all 145 full-time lifeguards trained at this level within the next two years.




Contact: Ralph Goto, Ocean Safety administrator, 922-3888

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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