A 42-year old Vancouver Island man died despite CPR after a tubing accident. The incident occurred after flipping off his inner tube on a fast-flowing river. The Mounties believe that alcohol might be a contributing factor.
The victim was with friends on the Puntledge River near Courtenay when he fell into the water. He was found face-down on a small island shortly after. His friends frantically attempted to perform CPR with RCMP calling directions over a loudspeaker from the river’s edge.
According to Const. Kelly Godard, it was hard to keep the crew in tow from not jumping in the river. An off-duty volunteer firefighter eventually jumped into the water to help perform CPR until the RCMP’s Swift Water Rescue Team arrived, but the man cannot be revived. He was later declared dead a short time after.
The name of the victim has not been released but Mounties stated that he was new to the Comox Valley area. The RCMP will be working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine the cause of death but officers believe that alcohol and inexperience were contributing factors.
Timely delivery of CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an essential skill that can save lives. This is a life-saving technique vital during emergencies. It can significantly improve the chances of survival if promptly delivered.
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