Edinburgh Leisure staff awarded highest accolade after saving customer’s life

05 February 2018

Four Edinburgh Leisure staff from the Royal Commonwealth Pool, have been awarded the prestigious Meritorious Lifeguard Award, by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK).

On the day that sees the launch of the Scotland Drowning Prevention Strategy, the team will be presented with their awards by RLSS UK, CEO Di Steer at 3.30pm Wednesday 31st January at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh.

On 12 December last year, Gary Hall, 57, from Liberton, who is a Royal Commonwealth Pool gym member, collapsed whilst running on a treadmill and thanks to the swift action of Adam Blyth, Kate Cramb, Richard Gurry and Dean Philip, Mr. Hall recovered sufficiently to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

Leisure attendant Richard Gurry, who was off-duty at the time of the incident and happened to be training in the gym, was the first on the scene and was quick to recognise the need to administer CPR. Responding to the emergency alarm, Kate called the ambulance, Dean prepared the defibrillator and Adam took over the CPR compressions until the ambulance arrived.

The team were overjoyed when the customer successfully revived and was able to chat and answer questions, before the paramedics took over.

Claire Rusack, Leisure Manager at the Royal Commonwealth Pool said: “It’s reassuring that the quick actions of our staff and the fact that they were able to put their RLSS UK training into practice, helped to save a life. We’re really proud of all four of them in acting in a calm and organised way, until the paramedics were able to take over.”

If you would like to attend the photo call, please contact: Kerry Teakle, Edinburgh Leisure Public Relations Officer on: 0131 458 2104.

Edinburgh Leisure runs a number of RLSS UK Lifesaving courses and also First Aid Courses. All of their First Aid courses are accredited by Ofqal and presented in association with RLSS UK, which ensures the qualification is recognised nationwide.

For more information on Edinburgh Leisure facilities, please visit: edinburghleisure.co.uk

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the UK’s drowning prevention charity.

Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year–olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).

The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to cut down the number of accidental drownings that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. The next campaign will run 15 – 25 June 2018.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Claire Huggins on 0300 323 0096 (option 1) or email: [email protected]