Life's a beach: Defibrillator for beach-users
A WEST CORNWALL beach became the first in Cornwall to get year-round defibrillator cover this week.
The Station House, Marazion, is the newest location to take delivery of a public access defibrillator (PAD) thanks to The Cornishman's Heart Start campaign.
It is the latest in a long list of firsts since The Cornishman joined forces with the Penzance-based Ronnie Richards Memorial Charity (RRMC) at the start of last year.
The past 12 months have seen the first PAD sites in schools (St Ives Primary School), harbours (Newlyn), railway stations (Penzance), shopping centres (Penzance), supermarket chain (Co-op, Wherrytown), football club (Penzance) and golf course (Lelant).
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RRMC secretary Paul Williams said: "Marazion, like many beaches around Cornwall, is becoming increasingly popular with large numbers of water sports enthusiasts.
"The RNLI provides excellent professional seasonal summer coverage during set daytime hours.
"The Station House now provides annual cover between 11am and 11pm daily."
The Station House site, as with all RRMC sites, is on the ambulance service's operational system – meaning that a 999 caller will be directed to the nearest PAD in the event of a suspected cardiac arrest.
The Station House will have eight members of staff trained to use the PAD and there will also be further training to include regular beach-users.
Mr Williams added that he would like to thank Marazion residents Ed Hall and his partner Angie Waller who paid for the equipment there and at Marazion School.
Mr Williams said: "Ed and Angie's generosity will greatly help protect the people and tourists in Marazion against sudden cardiac arrest."
For more information about a PAD in your community or to donate, e-mail Mr Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01736 360864 or 07581 188043.