A Royal Navy diver has been recognised for saving the life of a fellow sailor who nearly drowned in a swimming pool.
AB (Diver) Euan Griffiths, serving in minehunter HMS Shoreham in Bahrain, was off-duty in the kingdom when the sailor from another navy was taken ill in the pool and lost consciousness.
Euan, from Exmouth in Devon, pulled the man from the water and started delivering CPR, continuing to provide first aid until emergency services arrived.
This week, AB Griffiths was presented with a certificate and commendation for his quick actions.
AB Griffiths said:
“I was at the pool when I saw a struggle.
“Thankfully, my training instinctively kicked in, and I was able to help a fellow serviceman.
“It just shows the skillset we are equipped with through our training is not only imperative for life on board but useful in everyday life also.”
All Royal Navy divers are trained in Level 3 first aid – the ability to assess an incident, provide CPR, help people who are choking, suffering from a heart attack, have suffered a broken bone, or a severe allergic reaction.
Sandown-class HMS Shoreham – one of four Royal Navy minehunters based in Bahrain – has seven divers on board who help with locating, identifying and destroying dangers under the water.
Commander Simon Cox, Commander UK Mine Counter Measures Force, presented the junior rating with his commendation during a visit on board Shoreham.
Commander Cox said:
“AB Griffiths is an incredibly humble and effective individual that personifies the professionalism of the MCM Force”.
Lieutenant Commander Daniel Herridge, the minehunter’s Commanding Officer, added:
“It is quite right that we recognise our sailors when they do something out of the ordinary.
“Naval personnel are well trained to deal with the unexpected, and that is exactly what AB Griffiths did.
“In doing so, he demonstrated all the attributes we look for in our sailors.
“That should be recognised and celebrated, especially given the positive outcome for which he played a significant part in”.
The foreign sailor is recovering in hospital with his family at his side.