Two men save life of man playing soccer on Bowen beach
TWO Townsville men have been recognised as heroes after saving the life of a tourist in Bowen.
The Ergon Electrical tradesmen, Trent Stephensen and Paul Sciuto were in Bowen doing routine maintenance work on substations when the event unfolded.
Mr Stephensen said on returning to his hotel after work, he saw a bunch of people playing soccer on the beach when he noticed something wasn't quite right.
"There were a whole lot of people on the beach and I noticed someone fell," he said.
"I thought he'd broken his ankle or leg from playing but he wasn't moving.
"After a while, he still wasn't moving so we rushed down to the front of the hotel and one of my mates called security."
At this point a young man at the scene yelled out for anyone who knew first aid.
Mr Stephensen said on seeing the lifeless body, he and his colleague immediately began CPR.
"Paul and I did a quick check for life and then I started doing the breaths and Paul was doing compressions," he said.
"I remember the (hotel) manager grabbed the phone and put it on speaker so we could hear the person (triple zero operator) on the other end counting for us while we did compressions.
"After a few minutes he went from blue to a more natural pink and started making noises."
Ambulance officers arrived shortly after and continued to work on the man before transporting him to Mackay Hospital.
Mr Stephensen said the situation was a strong reminder of why CPR training was so important.
"For people, young families or anyone who travels, it's a great thing to know because you could save someone's life or be of assistance," he said.
"We do refresher courses every six months so it becomes second nature."
Without the help of his work mate and good friend, Mr Stephensen said the situation may not have gone so smoothly.
"There was a great effort from Paul and I'm really grateful he was there," he said.