Hero off-duty nurse saves tourist’s life after he knocked himself out and almost drowned while paddle-boarding on a beach in the Philippines
- Louisa Jasmin Jenkins spotted man on beach in Boracay, Philippines, this month
- Unnamed Chinese holidaymaker was dragged to shore after falling off board
- She performed CPR, saving his life as nearest hospital was hour’s drive away
A heroic off-duty nurse brought a tourist back from the dead after he knocked himself out and almost drowned while paddle boarding.
Louisa Jasmin Jenkins was walking along the beach in the popular Philippines destination of Boracay when she spotted the blue-lipped tourist and rushed over to help.
The unnamed Chinese holidaymaker had been playing with his friends when he fell and hit his head on the fibreglass board.
Knocking himself unconscious, he fell into the water and frantic beachgoers had to drag him ashore as there was no lifeguard.
By the time he made it back to the beach, his lips had turned grey and the nearest hospital was an hour’s drive away.
Nurse Louisa Jasmin Jenkins, pictured, saved a tourist’s life by performing CPR after he nearly drowned when he knocked himself out while paddleboarding
The unnamed Chinese holidaymaker had been playing with his friends when he fell and hit his head on the fibreglass board in the popular Philippines destination of Boracay
Luckily, Jenkins was passing by and rushed over to perform CPR. Several minutes later the blue-faced tourist began coughing and spluttering water.
JP Kabigting, a Filipino tourist at the beach, said: ‘We were relaxing on the sand at the time.
‘Suddenly, we heard someone shouting “help” from behind us. We rushed to help them drag the man into the shore.’
‘If it were not for the woman and her boyfriend who arrived at the beach, the tourist could have died,’ JP added.
Jenkins and her partner Justine Navarra rushed over to where crowds had gathered and began to perform the live-saving procedure.
Jenkins, pictured with her partner Justine Navarra, said: ‘We are trained to do this. We help when someone is in trouble. It’s an instinct’
The nurse said: ‘We were at the shore looking after my young cousin swimming.
‘I knew it was an emergency and ran to them as I saw he had no signs of life and cyanotic [blue discolouration of the skin].
‘I performed CPR right away, which was then taken over by my boyfriend on the latter part.
‘We are trained to do this. We help when someone is in trouble. It’s an instinct.’
The injured tourist was brought to the hospital and was reportedly discharged later that day.