What does the crew of Smuggler in this year’s Sydney Hobart Yacht Race know that many others don’t?
That sudden cardiac arrests, especially following extreme exertion, can occur and no-one wants to be caught out by not having an automated external defibrillator on their vessel – especially when the closest paramedic is hundreds of kilometres away on shore.
Which is why Smuggler owner/skipper, Sebastian Bohm, will be carrying a lightweight (1.1kg), all-weather, durable and easy to use defibrillator when they set sail on New Year’s Day.
Last Saturday, Tim Cohen, senior first aid trainer at Indigenous-owned supplier of WH&S products and services, Integrity Health & Safety, met the crew onboard Smuggler and took them through their paces on how to perform CPR and use the defibrillator effectively should an emergency occur.
With over 25,000 Australians suffering sudden cardiac arrests annually (and a survival rate of only 10%), Smuggler will be dramatically increasing those odds to over 65%. It’s a no-brainer for the cost of less than $2,000….
So, is the rest of the fleet of over 100 yachts similarly protected? And does your vessel, vehicle, office, worksite, retail outlet, community venue, home, strata… carry a defibrillator?
Perhaps that should be your New Year resolution!
Here’s wishing Smuggler and the fleet safe travels and the best of luck.