A Shanklin beach has become the latest place where 100 Islanders have been trained with lifesaving skills.
The Isle of Wight Ambulance service is running the 100-4-1 project, which aims to train 100 people in lifesaving, in one area.
Mari Griffiths owns the Salix Cafe and says she wanted increased facilities on Small Hope Beach, which prompted her to apply for a defibrillator. It is now available for anyone to use, 24 hours a day, and specially trained first-aiders have also been given extra confidence to use the kit.
The 100-4-1-Life campaign initiative was founded by Gordon Wight of Brading Haven Yacht Club (BHYC), who organised the first event that led to the successful training of 110 people by the Ambulance Training and Community Response Services (ATCoRS).
A defibrillator is a portable device that can be used by a member of a public in the event of cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest is when a casualty becomes unconscious and is not breathing normally because the heart has stopped pumping oxygenated blood around the body.
A defibrillator will analyse a casualty’s heart rhythm and shock them if needed. For every minute that passes without defibrillation and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), chances of survival decrease by around ten per cent. In the event of a cardiac arrest the rescuer must dial 999 for the Ambulance Service who will make the caller aware of their nearest defibrillator.