RESCUE: Coffs Harbour surf lifesaver Sean O’Reilly has been praised for helping a man to shore on the Gold Coast after he suffered chest pains.
RESCUE: Coffs Harbour surf lifesaver Sean O’Reilly has been praised for helping a man to shore on the Gold Coast after he suffered chest pains. Trevor Veale

Coffs teen rescues man in surf with chest pains

TRUE to the surf life saving code, Sean O'Reilly was alert and ready to perform a rescue while out for a surf during the Australian Surf Life Saving Championship on the Gold Coast.

After a day of competition on Kirra Beach, the Coffs Harbour club member hit the surf on his board at Snapper Rocks when he noticed an older boardrider in trouble.

"The old guy paddled towards me on his malibu and said he was cramping, holding his chest," Sean said.

"I thought he was joking but as he grabbed his chest I could see he was in trouble.

"He was struggling to breathe and panicking.

Sean said he got the man to hold his leg rope as he paddled them both to shore.

Keeping the man calm on the beach, he alerted nearby lifeguards who placed the man on oxygen, as he suffered suspected heart palpitations.

Sean was praised for his efforts, which he said "came naturally" due to his training as a surf life saver.



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