RNLI Lifeguards do 24 Hour CPR for Portrush Lifeboat

The RNLI Lifeguards who are posted round the North Coast beaches this summer have come up with a novel way of raising funds for Portrush Lifeboat Station - a 24 hour CPR demonstration (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation).

Stuart Montgomery RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor said: “All our lifeguards undergo comprehensive first aid training before being allowed to work on our beaches, of which CPR is a vital and important element.

“This basic first aid technique can be the difference between life and death, which is why it is important for us to raise awareness of water safety when enjoying our beautiful and unique coastline. In carrying out this 24 hour CPR challenge RNLI Lifeguards can demonstrate some of their life saving skills to the public and raise money for the charity that saves lives at sea.”

The fundraiser is the brainchild of medical student and part time RNLI Lifeguard Mike Monteith and will take place from 24 hours this weekend outside the harbour bar in Portrush and in the Portrush Lifeboat station.

It will involve many of the lifeguards doing CPR on a mannequin to demonstrate the right technique and to show its importance in saving lives.

Mike commented: “We did something similar at Queen’s University last year and it was a really successful way of raising funds. The RNLI depends on fundraising to keep saving lives at sea and the Lifeguards are in a great position to help our local Lifeboat Station, which we work and train alongside during the summer months.”

Robin Cardwell Portrush RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “This is a great idea and the crew are really looking forward to seeing this all happen. We appreciate the fundraising efforts of our Lifeguards colleagues, and wish them all the very best for their 24 hour marathon.”