UPDATED: Woman resuscitated after being pulled from the water at Alum Chine dies (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATED: Woman resuscitated after being pulled from the water at Alum Chine dies
AN ELDERLY woman pulled from the sea amid bathers on Alum Chine beach yesterday afternoon has died.
The woman, believed to be 86-year-old Gerry Eve from Andover in Hampshire, was spotted floating face down in the water and pulled ashore at around 2.30pm by quick-thinking beach-goers, who administered CPR and called for help.
Formal identification has yet to take place and an inquest is likely to be opened next week.
Lifeguards and paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and took over resuscitation.
A spokesman for the South Western Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to a “drowning incident” and said the woman was initially breathing but unconscious, however she later stopped breathing.
She was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Chris Lewis, RNLI senior lifeguard, said they believed the woman’s friend rushed to the rescue after noticing that she had gone still.
He said a female doctor, who happened to be on the beach, began CPR which two lifeguards assisted with. They also put a defibrillator on her but no shocks were administered.
Witness Jo Dunlop, 42, of Westbourne, said: “First thing we knew was when a guy ran over and said ‘We need a lifeguard, we need a lifeguard.’ I looked over and there was a woman lying in the water. She was right at the water’s edge.
“A woman came over and started doing chest compressions on her but there didn’t seem to be a reaction. They were doing those for a good 15 minutes, I would say.
“The ambulance came down and she was put on a stretcher at the water’s edge. They put her in an ambulance and then they were looking for some medication that she might have been taking.
“It was horrible. I just hope she recovers. The lifeguards and the paramedics were amazing.”
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