UPDATED:Isle of Wight Zoo refuse to release lifesaving AED to help save dying woman on beach

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With a sad outcome following an emergency call to Yaverland beach on the Isle of Wight  on Sunday shocking information has surfaced with calls for Hampshire Police to carry out an investigation.

It’s understood  a  woman suffered a suspected heart attack and was pulled out of the water and onto the beach.

Members of the public ran to the Isle of  Zoo in Sandown on the Isle of Wight that was yards from the unfolding incident to request use of the AED before the arrival of emergency services.

Those involved in attempting to saving the woman and help to restart the critical ill woman heart  say  when they spoke  the site manager Lawrence Bates he  refused to release the AED unit claiming that it was for use within the Zoo only.

Many have express their discuss and called for an investigation to take place as the outcome have been do different.

Two helicopters, two Coastguard Rescue Teams, two ambulances, a senior ambulance officer and Sandown & Shanklin Lifeboat were all involved.  Despite best efforts the woman sadly died.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Zoo has today said:


“We received an urgent radio call asking if a first aider could attend an incident on Yaverland car park yesterday. Our first aider immediately ran to the front office to speak with the member of public, who was asking for a defibrillator.

“The Isle of Wight Zoo does not have a defibrillator of its own but there is a public access defibrillator sited on the front of the granite fort that borders the car park. A code is needed to access this device.

“Unfortunately the staff in immediate attendance did not have the code and explained that we didn’t have a defibrillator to give them and would have to call 999 to get access to it. At this point an ambulance arrived at the incident.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the womans friends and family at these very testing times”