Eddie Adams with his rescuers Christine Galager and Max Miller.
Eddie Adams with his rescuers Christine Galager and Max Miller. Blainey Woodham

Bondi Rescue, Boyds Bay-style

A QUICK dip in the pool almost cost 88-year-old Eddy Adams his life.

Mr Adams has been a resident at Boyds Bay Caravan Park for eight years.

Two weeks ago he took his first trip to the park's swimming pool.

“That was the first and the last time,” Mr Adams said.

Christine Galager said it had been a particularly hot day when she decided to go for a swim and noticed Mr Adams floundering in the water.

“I was walking into the pool when I noticed him go down and come back up. I just thought he was ducking under to get totally wet,” Mrs Galager said.

“I noticed him go up and down a few more times and then I saw out of the corner of my eye that he had gone to the bottom and not come back up.”

Mrs Galager said she screamed to alert her niece Monique Whitelaw and her husband Max Miller to help her retrieve Mr Adams from the bottom of the pool.

“Max was about to get in the car when I called out to him. He is going to be 75 this year. He sprinted 60-odd metres like a 38-year-old,” she said.

“Eddie was grey on the bottom of the pool but his face was black and blue when Max pulled him to the surface. He was gone to God. He had no pulse and no heart rate.”

Ms Whitelaw performed mouth-to-mouth while Mr Miller performed chest compressions.

“It was very basic CPR, only from what I've seen on Bondi Rescue or on TV,” Mr Miller said. “But Monique was instrumental. I was getting tired and she kept saying ‘keep going I can hear something'.”

“It took a good three to four minutes before Eddy took a breath ”

Mr Adams was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he stayed for four days.

“To put it simply it was a succession of miracles,” a grateful Mr Adams said.

He and his rescuers celebrated with dinner at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club last night.



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