Local swimming group helps install emergency device

Augusta Margaret River Times
Charlotte O'Beirne and Maria Evans with the new lifesaving device.
Camera IconCharlotte O'Beirne and Maria Evans with the new lifesaving device.

The White Elephant Cafe at Gnarabup now sports a crucial life-saving device thanks to local swimmers.

The Swimming Mermaids Association installed the new defibrillator thanks to a grant from Lotterywest and St John First Aid.

Chief mermaid Charlotte O’Beirne told the Times the obvious increased popularity of the regular meeting spot for her members meant availability for the life-saving device was important.

“We see first-hand the increasing popularity of ocean swimming and the ever-growing numbers of locals and visitors to the region coming to this beautiful spot to swim, run, walk and fish,” she said.

“Whilst we hope it doesn’t need to be used it is reassuring to know this life-saving piece of equipment is just there.”

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The move was part of St John’s drive to make 1000 defibrillators available for public use.

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