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Bystanders give man CPR after Manly Dam cardiac arrest

Bystanders helped bring a man back to life after they found him off his mountain bike and in cardiac arrest on Thursday at Manly Dam. Unfortunately, Manly Observer has been informed by several sources since that the man is unlikely to survive. 

The incident occurred at about 10.40am, Thursday November 3, at Manly Dam, Allambie Heights and involved a man in his 40s on the 9th Hole Trail. 

“Bystanders came across a man who had fallen off his mountain bike and was in cardiac arrest. They called Triple Zero and commenced CPR until paramedics arrived,,”NSW ambulance Inspector Alex Lim said. 

“Paramedics and an aeromedical team that attended via the Careflight Helicopter continued CPR and administered medications resulting in a return of spontaneous circulation.”

“This case was made difficult by the fact the man was located on a mountain bike trail, a fair distance from the road. 

Paramedics worked alongside Fire and Rescue NSW to safely extricate the patient before taking him to Royal North Shore Hospital via a green light corridor.”

Photo: Luke Gavahan

“We commend the bystanders who found this patient, called Triple Zero and began performing CPR. Early and effective chest compressions are key to increasing the chances of survival from a cardiac arrest.”

Cardiac Arrest is different to a heart attack in that the heart itself stops, rather than the issue being a blockage. 

Cardiac arrest can be fatal if it lasts longer than 8 minutes without CPR.


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