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Honours for Caister trio after ‘magnificent’ fight to save man’s life at holiday camp

PUBLISHED: 20:02 14 March 2018

Ellie Salmon and Darren Dumont are to be honoured for their life-saving efforts at Haven holiday camp in Caister. Picture: Jacob Massey

Ellie Salmon and Darren Dumont are to be honoured for their life-saving efforts at Haven holiday camp in Caister. Picture: Jacob Massey

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Two Caister holiday park workers and a police officer are to receive life-saving honours after a gruelling battle to save a man’s life.

Ellie Salmon and Darren Dumont are to be honoured for their life-saving efforts at Haven holiday camp in Caister. Picture: Jacob MasseyEllie Salmon and Darren Dumont are to be honoured for their life-saving efforts at Haven holiday camp in Caister. Picture: Jacob Massey

The 44-year-old was found in a critical condition and was brought back from the brink, however, he unfortunately died in hospital three days later.

Despite the tragic outcome, Haven Holiday Park staff members Darren Dumont and Ellie Salmon and police constable Gary May are to be recognised with Royal Humane Society resuscitation certificates for their role in the fight to save him.

Mr Dumont, 48, and Ms Salmon, 21, were the first to find the man and Mr Dumont began performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after he stopped breathing.

Meanwhile, Ms Salmon phoned the emergency services before retrieving and setting up a defibrillator.

Two staff members at Caister holiday camp are to be recognised for their life-saving efforts. Picture: Jacob MasseyTwo staff members at Caister holiday camp are to be recognised for their life-saving efforts. Picture: Jacob Massey

A paramedic was on the scene within five minutes and Mr Dumont continued performing CPR while the paramedic set up his equipment and taught Ms Salmon how to use some of it.

An air ambulance was called but it was determined that the man was not in a fit condition to use it, so PC May, who had also begun helping with 
CPR, rapidly arranged road closures, enabling the man’s ambulance to get to the hospital as quickly as possible.

Announcing the recipients of the awards at the Royal Humane Society headquarters in London, the Society’s Secretary, Andrew Chapman, praised the “magnificent” efforts of the trio.

He said: “Sadly the man died three days later. But it was a magnificent fight by Darren, Ellie and PC May to keep him alive.

PC Gary May is being recognised for his role in the life-saving efforts. Photo: Morgan HollisPC Gary May is being recognised for his role in the life-saving efforts. Photo: Morgan Hollis

“Thanks to their magnificent efforts he had effectively been brought back from the dead by the time he reached hospital and was in the best possible condition for survival.

“CPR is a gruelling procedure and of course the incident was also emotionally draining, but the three of them didn’t flinch. They richly deserve the awards they are to receive. They did their best. No-one could have done more.”

The trio were recommended for the award by Norfolk Police and a date is yet to be set for the presentation.

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