Ilkeston Leisure Centre team rescue man’s life in swimming pool drama

Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston.
Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston.

Ilkeston leisure centre lifeguards have been praised after they saved the life of a swimmer who got into difficulty in the pool.

The team at Victoria Park Leisure Centre saw the man - in his late 60s - was in distress in the main pool and dived in to

rescue him.

Realising the man wasn’t breathing, lifeguards and a team leader at the leisure centre performed CPR and used the centre’s defibrillator until paramedics arrived.

An air ambulance was despatched to transport the man to hospital, landing on the bowling green at Victoria Park.

The incident happened on Tuesday, December 18 in the main pool at the leisure centre on Manners Road.

The man, who lives locally, was recovering well the following morning, a apokesperson for Erewash Borough Council said.

His wife has personally visited the leisure centre to thank staff.

Councillor Mike Wallis, the council’s lead member for leisure and culture, said: “Our highly-trained staff who were working at the time of this incident quickly put their life-saving skills into action.

“This was a team effort and all staff on the day played their part, from greetingthe emergency crews to looking after the other members of the public.

“This is the second time this year that our staff have saved someone’s life at one of our leisure centres.

“Training in CPR and use of a defibrillator is a vital skill to have and one that I would encourage people to familiarise themselves with.”