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Staff at Lost Island help save a life


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Staff and lifeguards at a Waterloo water park are being hailed as heroes. Yesterday a construction worker suffered a heart attack while working at the Lost Island Water Park.

Construction crews raced for help after the man collapsed. When life guards arrived, the man wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse that's when they then began CPR.

Aquatics Director Eric Bertch was the first to respond to calls of help.

"I happen to be working on the bottom and went up to take a look and he had lost a pulse already by the time I had reached him," Bertch said.

Other lifeguards raced to where the man had collapsed to help.

"Once we realized he didn't have a pulse and wasn't breathing we did CPR and my job was to do compressions on the individual," Lifeguard, Sean Newlim said.

"When the paramedics arrived they quickly applied a defibrillator and shocked his heart back into a normal rhythm, so when he left the park he was breathing on his own and did have a pulse, but he was still unconscious," Bertch said.

The staff and lifeguards have a hard time calling themselves heroes. They say they were just happy to make a difference.

"I'm very glad I was able to help. I'm very glad our training was so in-depth and thorough no matter what the situation was even if it wasn't a guest who was drowning, we were still able to help," said Newlim.

The hospital is not releasing the condition of the man, but employees at Lost Island heard that he was being sedated, but is breathing on his own.    

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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