Man given CPR after falling ill while swimming at Total Fitness in Altrincham

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A man in his 50s has been taken to hospital after falling ill while swimming at Total Fitness in Altrincham this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the Denmark Street gym at around 1pm this afternoon.

Total Fitness said one of its members fell ill while using the main pool and had to be rescued by a lifeguard, who gave the man CPR.

Some of the emergency response outside Total Fitness

The man received further treatment at the scene once a substantial emergency response arrived, which included an ambulance crew, a helimed doctor, a response vehicle and a Hazardous Area Response Team member.

The man has now been taken to hospital by road and there’s no word yet on his condition.

The pool at Total Fitness Altrincham has been closed for the day and will reopen at 6am tomorrow.

Paul McNicholas, Head of Operations at Total Fitness, said: “On the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd November at Total Fitness Altrincham, a member fell ill in the main pool. The lifeguard on duty responded immediately to bring the member to safety and commenced CPR.

The air ambulance helicopter which landed close to the scene this afternoon

“The member was taken to hospital by first responders where they are now undergoing treatment.

“The pool is currently closed whilst we reset operations and support our team, it will reopen at 6am on Wednesday 24th November. The rest of the Altrincham club remains open.

“At Total Fitness members’ health and safety is our top priority and we are grateful that the lifeguards on duty were able to respond swiftly to the emergency.

“Our thoughts are with our member and their family.”

A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service said it had responded to a “medical emergency”.

The spokesperson added: “The incident was attended by an ambulance crew, a helimed doctor, a response vehicle and a Hazardous Area Response Team member.”

The air ambulance helicopter was seen landing close to the scene by the junction with Lloyd Street.

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