Donation a life saver

SWIMMERS getting into strife at Diggers Beach will have a better chance of survival, thanks to a donation from Park Beach Holiday Park.

The park donated a $4500 Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club and Coffs Harbour City Council Lifeguard Service.

Park manager Jason Bailey said they wanted to give back to the community and the AED seemed like the perfect gift. And it's certainly been appreciated.

"Having fast access to a machine like this will mean that more lives can be saved," council's senior lifeguard Greg Hackfath said.

"It gives people a better chance of survival.

"If you get to the patient in under four minutes, the survival rate goes from 25 per cent for patients who receive CPR to 80 per cent for people receiving AED treatment."

The AED can help treat people suffering from cardiac failure and is specially designed for use in outdoor, extreme conditions.

"The beach is the drawcard to our park, and having it patrolled and having life saving equipment close by is what people look for," Susan Colby from Park Beach Holiday Park added.

There are now three AEDs which the Surf Lifesaving Club and Lifeguard Service share, but Mr Hackfath says four more are needed to cover patrolled beaches.

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