We (paramedics) know all too well what to expect on new year’s day, and it unfortunately isn’t good. It is for this reason though, that I write this, to focus on the positives of new year’s day, the good which is done.
Yesterday evening on Blouberg beach, Craig Gouvias and his wife (a former trauma nurse) came to the aid of a swimmer who was pulled from the water by their two sons. The sons noticed someone floating, motionless in the water and immediately went to their aid, pulling them to the beach.
The Gouvias family then started CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and requested further assistance from Law Enforcement Officers on the beach. At the time, Community Medics was attending to a car crash along the beach front. Seeing the commotion, they went to the aid of the swimmer and assisted with CPR. Paramedics were able to regain a pulse and the patient was transported to hospital in a critical condition.
It is thanks to the gallant effort of the Gouvias family that a tragedy was averted and a life was saved.
Thanks to ER24, SA Paramedics, NSRI Melkbosstrand and Law Enforcement for all their assistance on scene.