NY lifeguards save man who collapsed, remained unresponsive for 12 minutes


Lifeguards in New York saved a man who collapsed during a recent beach bike ride and had an undetectable pulse for 12 minutes.

David Plotkin, 50, joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday morning to discuss what he could recall from his fall on July 30 of this year.

“It was a beautiful Saturday morning,” Plotkin said during a televised interview.

“I went for my routine beach bike ride with a good friend of mine,” he continued. “It’s about an hour long, but it was anything but an hour-long bike ride.”

Plotkin said he and his friends had biked for 30 minutes and had already passed their turnaround point when he collapsed not far from a lifeguard station in Atlantic Beach.

“I was about 20 yards east of the lifeguard stand,” Plotkin told “Fox & Friends Weekend.” 

“I collapsed right in front of a retired police officer. He and his wife saw me down and ran over.”

Plotkin said he wasn’t breathing — so the couple started CPR while bystanders got the lifeguard team.

Two lifeguards responded to the scene, according to Plotkin.

Lifeguards in New York saved a man who collapsed during a recent beach bike ride and had an undetectable pulse for 12 minutes.
Lifeguards in New York saved a man who collapsed during a recent beach bike ride and had an undetectable pulse for 12 minutes.
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“They sprung into action and brought the defibrillators over, and they were working on me for 30 minutes,” Plotkin said.

John Ryan Jr., the lead lifeguard in the town of East Hampton, also joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” to discuss the lifesaving measures his team took to save Plotkin.

The lifeguards delivered two shocks from the defibrillator and continued CPR on Plotkin for 12 minutes.

Plotkin didn’t have a readable pulse at the time, Ryan confirmed.

“Throughout the whole time, after those first two shocks, [the defibrillator] analyzed and said, ‘No shock advised,’” Ryan recalled.

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Ryan noted that his lifeguards swapped in and out to do two minutes of CPR and compressions.
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“And at that point, the heart was not beating, so we continued CPR throughout the whole process, [and waited] to transport him off to a waiting ambulance.”

Ryan said Plotkin’s collapse is a “very rare” situation in the world of lifeguarding.

In his own words, Ryan said, “We know that once the heart stops, our job is to continue to do the CPR to continue to circulate oxygen in the blood to the organs in hopes that we can get him to the waiting ambulance, and then they can hopefully administer some drugs that might put the heart into fibrillation and then shock it to get a regular heartbeat.”

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Plotkin said he and his friends had biked for 30 minutes and had already passed their turnaround point when he collapsed not far from a lifeguard station in Atlantic Beach.
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Ryan noted that his lifeguards swapped in and out to do two minutes of CPR and compressions.

He said 15 lifeguards eventually arrived at the scene and helped with compressions and ventilations.

“It takes a lot out of you,” Ryan said. 

Plotkin and John Ryan on Fox & Friends Weekend
John Ryan Jr., the lead lifeguard in the town of East Hampton, also joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” to discuss the lifesaving measures his team took to save Plotkin.
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“Your adrenalin is pumping and you’re doing CPR and we have switch in and out because if you’re not doing effective CPR, the blood flow is not circulating as it should be.”



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