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Spanish policeman in Egypt saves drowning woman
By thinkSPAIN Team Fri, Sep 13, 2019
AN OFF-DUTY Spanish National Police officer saved a woman from drowning off a beach in Egypt, according to diplomatic sources.
Based at the Spanish embassy in Cairo as part of the security team, the officer had finished his shift and was near the El-Alamein beach close to the Nile delta city of Alexandria when he saw a woman struggling in the sea and began waving to her to try to attract her attention whilst swimming towards her.
The victim, said to be around 35 years old, was about 20 metres out to sea where the water was very deep – enough that she would have been very much out of her depth.
She did not respond to the officer's signals, and he quickly realised she had lost consciousness, so he put her in the recovery position lying on his chest and swam on his back towards the shore.
Another, on-duty National Police officer stationed at the embassy was waiting on the beach and helped with first aid.
She was breathing, but with great difficulty, although in the end they did not have to perform CPR on her as she eventually vomited out the massive amounts of water she had swallowed and regained consciousness.
The victim was awake, but disoriented, when she was taken to hospital.
Before the ambulance arrived, another woman appeared on the scene, identified herself as a doctor and took over her care.
Photograph: The El-Alamein coastline (The Egyptian/Wikimedia Commons)
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