The first electronic heart-defibrillator to be permanently based in Penarth Marina has been handed over for installation by the charity Welsh Hearts.
The handover came during the Penarth Quays Marina Open Day yesterday when marina manager Stuart Jones accepted the new portable battery-powered machine.
Defibrillators are electronic devices for use on heart attack victims. They deliver an electric shock to a patient’s heart in order to get it beating properly again. If used promptly – even by untrained people – they can often save the life of a heart-attack victim in the “golden minutes” before an ambulance can reach the scene. A built-in audio recording talks untrained users through the procedures of operating the device.
There are already several heart de-fibrillators at other sites in Penarth – but this is the first permanent machine to be based in the Marina and available around the clock. It will be based at the Marina Harbourmaster’s Office and will be available 24/7 for anyone to use at any time. [ Another defibrillator is available on board the training yacht “Challenge Wales” which is normally berthed in the Marina outer basin] .
The cost of £1,000 for the new machine has been met with contributions from Penarth Quays Marina and from the Penarth Portway Management Company – which manages much of the residential estate around the Marina.
The current list of defibrillators in Penarth – of which there are now 3 available around the clock – is as follows :-
- Penarth Quays Marina Harbourmaster’s Office (24/7)
- Penarth Lifeboat Station (24/7)
- Lloyds Bank, Windsor Road (24/7)
- Aboard the yacht “Challenge Wales” berthed at Penarth Marina Outer Basin
- Penarth Pier Pavilion
- Penarth Bowls Club
- Penarth Rugby Club
- The Holm House Hotel, Marine Parade
- The Paget Rooms
- Westbourne School
- The Co-operative Food Store in Windsor Road
- Penarth Yacht Club