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Trust pays tribute to beach rescue nurse

An off-duty nurse has been praised for helping resuscitate an elderly man who had been pulled unconscious from the sea near Brighton.

Matthew Kershaw, chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, paid tribute to Lia Reynolds for her actions on 28 August in his latest weekly message to staff.

A group of women from the same family initially dragged the man, said to be in his 80s, from the sea at Rottingdean after he hit his head on a rock, according to local newspaper reports.

Mr Kershaw said: “We have stars right across the organisation…and I want to take this opportunity to pay tribute to one in particular.

“There was a story [in the Brighton Argus] about three sisters who saved an elderly man from drowning when he fell into the sea near Rottingdean. In the piece they pay tribute to the ‘real hero’ of the story – an off duty nurse who administered CPR and got the man breathing again.

“That nurse was Lia Reynolds, one of our clinical site managers, and it is clear that had Lia not acted as quickly and calmly as she did the outcome could have been very different,” he said.

One of the women told the local paper that Ms Reynolds, who was not named in the article, ran across the beach and took control of the situation before lifeguards and paramedics arrived.

“If that nurse hadn’t been there and started CPR I don’t know what would have happened,” she told the Argus.

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