Man’s life saved at golf club

Shaw Hill Golf Club
Shaw Hill Golf Club

Staff at a Chorley hotel have been praised for saving the life of a guest who had suffered a heart attack.

The drama happened as the man, from the Merseyside area, who is in his late 40s, was leaving Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club.

He had stayed a night at the Whittle-le-Woods hotel with his wife and two daughters and was checking out when he fell ill and collapsed in the car park next to the golf course’s 18th green.

The complex’s leisure club manager Gus O’ Donnell administered CPR and used a defibrilator which had been donated by Preston Audi just over a fortnight earlier.

Lawrence Dateson, Secretary of Shaw Hill Golf Club, said: “Gus applied CPR and the defibrilator to bring him back to life. He saved his life.

“When he got to him he said there was no breathing or nothing and he got him recovered.”

Mr Dateson said the defibrilator, which is kept in the leisure club, was donated to the whole complex two-and-a-half weeks ago.

Staff were given a demonstration on how to use it shortly after the donation.

The North West Ambulance Service said a rapid response vehicle attended the incident on Saturday morning followed by an emergency ambulance.

The North West Air Ambulance helicopter was scrambled and landed on the 18th fairway. It whisked the man away to Royal Preston Hospital, arriving four minutes later.

A hotel spokesman explained: “The man stopped breathing twice.

“An ambulance came and paramedics rescusitated him with a defibrilator.

“An air ambulance came and landed on the eighteenth and took him away to hospital. He was on holiday with his wife and two daughters.”

The name of the man was not released.

He was transferred from Royal Preston Hospital to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said of the staff member who used the defibrilator: “They did the job. It’s a perfect example of how important it is to have these things in public places.

“Well done to all those who used the defibrilator.

“As soon as you start treatment the better chances of survival.”