‘Surfers saved my life when my heart stopped on the beach’

Published on 22 Oct 2021, 10:45
Bill Shackman collapsed when his heart stopped while he was out surfing near St Andrews in December last year.

He doesn’t remember anything about that morning or the hours after his cardiac arrest – but when he woke he was told the remarkable story of how his life was saved.

A group of fellow surfers took it in turns to perform CPR while one of them, a retired firefighter, ran to get a heart-starting defibrillator while they waited for an ambulance.

“Quite simply, I wouldn’t be here without them to see my children grow up, to spend time with my family,” said 48-year-old Bill, an academic editor and father of three.