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Hero lifeguards praised for saving gran

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 July 2010

Lifeguards Holly Stillwell and Paul Robson with Breckland Council chief executive Trevor Holden

Lifeguards Holly Stillwell and Paul Robson with Breckland Council chief executive Trevor Holden

Emma Knights

A group of swimming pool lifeguards have been recognised for their quick-thing actions that helped save a grandmother in Dereham.

In July last year 65-year-old Beryl Hunt became unwell and lost consciousness while swimming at Dereham Leisure Centre.

A group of swimming pool lifeguards have been recognised for their quick-thing actions that helped save a grandmother in Dereham.

In July last year 65-year-old Beryl Hunt became unwell and lost consciousness while swimming at Dereham Leisure Centre.

Lifeguards Holly Stillwell and Paul Robson immediately sprung into action, bringing Mrs Hunt to the poolside and starting CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) while duty manager Pasquale Guida contacted the emergency services who arrived five minutes later.

The trio have now been presented with Royal Life Saving Society Certificates of Meritorious Action by Breckland Council chief executive Trevor Holden for their life-saving actions.

Mr Holden said: “Holly, Paul and Pasquale remained calm and focussed and followed the centre's operating and emergency action plan procedures in an exemplary manner. Thanks to their leadership that day, Mrs Hunt made a full recovery”.

Mrs Hunt, from Etling Green, said: “These certificates are very well deserved and I'm delighted to see that their efforts that day have been recognised.”


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