Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station deputies came to the rescue of an elderly man who

collapsed while piloting a sailboat during a regatta Sunday, May 16th, Sheriff’s officials said.

Marina del Rey Station patrol boat deputies Bryan White and Matt Schwabe were called at about 1:30 p.m. to an area approximately a half-mile off-shore of the Venice Pier where a 76-year-old man was unconscious, Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Beringer said.

When deputies arrived an onboard crewmember was performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man. Schwabe skillfully guided the patrol boat alongside the sailboat and White was able to board the vessel where he immediately assessed the patient’s condition and determined there was no pulse, Beringer said.

White continued CPR and using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator), he was eventually able to restore the patient’s pulse, Beringer said. The deputies were soon joined by county Fire Department lifeguards, who had an onboard paramedic.

Personnel continued to stabilize the patient while he was rushed to the dock at the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station, where they were met by fire department and ambulance personnel.

The patient was transported to Marina Del Rey Hospital, where he was listed him in critical but stable condition. Medical staff told deputies that their quick actions and use of the AED device played a significant role in saving this patient’s life, Beringer said.

He noted that all patrol boat deputies are certified emergency medical technicians due to the various types of emergencies they respond to in the Marina and off-shore.

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