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Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets battle in vain to save the life of lightening strike victim

Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets battle in vain to save the life of lightening strike victim

Tara O'Connor

Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets battle in vain to save the life of lightening strike victim

Instructors from Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets have told how they tried to save the life of a man struck by lightning in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday.

From Brecon Beacons National Park Authority

James Nunn, Andrew Gardner and James Sandilands were scaling the Corn Du mountain in South Wales when the lightning strikes hit.

They struck four people at different spots in the area, leaving two dead and two badly injured.

Andrew Gardner and James Sandilands

Despite a clear day on the ground, ‘the weather turned’ as the three men made their way up the mountain as part of their training for the Three Peaks Challenge in September.

They raced to help a victim who had been struck on the mountainside.

James, 24, said: “We climbed up the last ascent and that’s when the lightning strike hit, we saw the flash and heard it.

“We saw the casualty and his colleague was attempting to carry out the resuscitation.

“She was in shock.

“We ran over to assist and took over the resuscitation”

The three men took it in turns to carry out resuscitation for about 45 minutes until a mountain rescue team arrived.

The man was airlifted to hospital but later pronounced dead.

James, who joined the cadet unit when he was 13 and lives in Bracknell, said the three men had done all they could in the situation.

James Nunn
He said: “I think we gave him the best possible chance.

“Looking back on it there probably wasn’t a way we could have saved him but at the time it didn’t really matter. It was just a case of doing what we could.”

Gareth Johns, officer in charge of the Windsor & Eton Sea Cadets, said he is ‘incredibly proud’ of the three men.

He said: “They gave every last bit of energy they had in an attempt to save the life of somebody they had never met.”

The trio still plan on completing the Three Peaks Challenge in September to raise funds to secure the premises of the unit, which is based in Stovell Road, Windsor.

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