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Donation pays for defibrillator on Caister Lifeboat

  • Caister Lifeboats
  • 13 Oct 2013

A £2,000 donation has paid for a life-saving defibrillator to be fitted to the Caister Lifeboat. It means the crew of the Bernard Matthews II all-weather lifeboat have a better chance of helping anyone at sea who has suffered a heart attack.

Previously the devices, which administer a shock to the heart to restart a rhythm, were seen as unsafe because of the risk of it getting wet. But new technology means the kit is fully waterproof and absolutely safe to use at sea. Lifeboat coxswain Paul Williams said he was really grateful for the anonymous donation. 

"You never know what emergency you might be called to, and what medical equipment you may need," he said. "Defibrillators are everywhere in communities these days, so it makes perfect sense to have one on the boat." The cost includes specialist training for the crew to use the equipment, which also has on-screen and speech-prompt instructions. There are also interchangeable pads to suit an adult or child patient who has suffered cardiac arrest. It also has the ability to detect the faintest pulse to ensure a shock cannot be administered incorrectly.

Lifeboat chairman Paul Garrod said he and the crew expressed thanks for the donation, but added the donor wants to remain anonymous. "They're really pleased that the money has given us a better chance to help save lives at sea or on the beach at Caister. "They've been our supporters for many years and it means a lot to us when people generously make a donation which means we can make a real difference."

As an independent Lifeboat we depend entirely on donations

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