Brave actions saved the life of a drowning tourist over the long weekend. American tourist, Martin Cooke, spotted a man waving in distress after becoming caught in a rip current at Twilight Cove. “At first I thought he was just having fun, waving at somebody else, but then I noticed that a guy a little distance from him was signalling all kinds of trouble,” Mr Cooke said.
“So I swam out to that guy as quick as I could, and by the time I got out to him he was under, so I just grabbed him by the shirt and pulled him above the water. He was so exhausted, I grabbed his arm around my neck, like in a choke hold, and turned him over onto his back. He just went completely limp, I don’t think he was conscious and I got under him and pulled him in.” When Mr Cooke swam to the shore, three of the victim’s friends helped him and attended to the man. Mr Cooke said he felt extremely lucky to have been in the right place at the right time.
St John Ambulance community paramedic Paul Gaughan said a call was made to 000 at 4:37pm and he arrived on the scene at 4:45pm. Mr Gaughan said the ambulance took the patient, who was estimated to be in his late twenties, to Esperance Hospital for further observation. “He had a bit of salt water in his lungs and was coughing a fair bit, he was very cold and fatigued from swimming in the rip. We’re expecting him to make a full recovery.”