Sydney woman dies after rescuing distressed swimmers despite CPR

A 45-year old Sydney
woman died after helping rescue a group of swimmers stranded by a riptide.

Watery rescue turned awry

According to RCMP Const.
Tammy Lobb, the RCMP, local firefighters, Emergency Health Services paramedics
and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre responded to a report regarding a
group of distressed swimmers at a beach in Broad Cove. While waiting for the
emergency responders, several people at the beach were able to rescue the
group.

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CPR was performed by the bystanders until the arrival of the EHS paramedics but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

The bystanders on the beach entered the water and rescued the group. Upon exiting the water, a 45-year old woman from Sydney collapsed on shore. CPR was performed by the bystanders until the arrival of the EHS paramedics but the woman was declared dead at the scene. It was confirmed that the deceased woman was one of the rescuers.

The death of the woman
is not suspicious in any way but an investigation by the RCMP and medical
examiner’s officer is underway.

After the rescue, a man
was also given treatment at the scene and transported to a healthcare facility
with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Learn how to help by enrolling in a first aid and CPR class and for more information, check out these sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid

https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-cpr-treatment

https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cpr/basics/art-20056600

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