I’m long past the point of being way overdue to update my CPR certifications, but one of the things I do remember from the long forgotten classes I took is the part where they tell you to assess the situation as carefully as you can in the short amount of time you have to react. What sort of help does this person need? Is there anyone else nearby who can assist? Is the person I’m saving even a person at all? Ok so that last one never came up, but perhaps the training people might want to think about adding it to the book juuuuuuuust in case.
French police officers found the 22-year-old behaving strangely in the early hours of Sunday in the shipyard in Vannes in Brittany, near an area which houses several nightclubs and late-night bars.
“He was underneath a boat, on his knees, trying to resuscitate a rubber dinghy,” police told Le Télégramme de Brest newspaper.
The would-be hero had called emergency services and told them to rush an ambulance to the site before he set about his own rescue attempt.
He told the officers that the “victim” was not responding and needed to be saved. He had been carrying out cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to revive him.
Police told the ambulance to return to base while our drunken friend, who to his credit was at least trying to be helpful, was taken to whatever the french equivalent of the drunk tank is (Le dégrisement?) until he could remember what a human being looked like.