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Harrogate man recognised for bravery after incident at Scarborough beach

A personal trainer from Harrogate has been recognised for his bravery in pulling a man from the sea at Scarborough Beach.

David Ward from Harrogate has been recognised for his bravery at the Royal Humane Society Awards. David helped pull a body from the sea at Scarborough beach before performing CPR and chest compressions. The awards were held at Northallerton Police & Fire HQ last month. A personal trainer from Harrogate has been recognised for his bravery in pulling a man from the sea at Scarborough beach. 29-year-old David Ward was visiting the hotspot with his partner in 2019 when he saw a body floating 15 metres from shore. He assisted another passer-by in dragging the man to safety before performing CPR and chest compressions in an attempt to save his life. Unfortunately the man passed away at hospital later that day, but David and two other men involved were honoured for their bravery by the Royal Human Society - a charity that promotes lifesaving intervention. David told Your Harrogate how the incident unfolded:

"Me and my partner were just walking down the beach when we heard a commotion. We heard some shouting so ran towards it and I could see a guy pulling something from the sea.

"We both pulled this body from the sea and started performing CPR and chest compressions... We must’ve been doing that for half an hour or 40 minutes or so.

"I just put two and two together as to what was happening and ran and helped. My partner ended up chasing me and picking up my phone, my wallet and my shoes!"

David, along with two other men, continued their attempts to revive the man until an ambulance arrived. He then assisted paramedics in getting the man to hospital for further treatment, where unfortunately he passed away. Speaking about the Royal Humane Society Awards, which were held at Northallerton Police and Fire Headquarters last month, David said it was just "instinct" and he did not expect any recognition. He said:
"I just did what I thought anyone would do. When they contacted me, I think about a year later, I was quite surprised because I didn’t expect anything. "To get recognised for an award, its nice but I didn’t do it to get a certificate - it was just instinct."
29-year-old personal trainer David is opening his own gym, 'Full Body Conditioning Harrogate', in January. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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