Campaigners are pulling out all the stops to ensure their town gets a lifesaving piece of equipment in memory of a fisherman who died of a heart attack.

It is hoped a fundraising day will help raise vital funds that will go towards the installation of a defibrillator on Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis.

The event has been organised by the area’s fishing and boating community in memory of Brian Marks, who died of a heart attack in 2015.

The community would like to see a publicly accessible, automatic external defibrillator (AED) located in the vicinity of the beach.

Organiser Steve Postles said: “These defibrillators are designed for anyone to be able to use them, so it is possible to start CPR and use the equipment while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.”

The need for such equipment in the area was highlighted in July, when a visitor to the town suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated using a defibrillator on the Cobb by Lyme’s chief fire officer, Virgil Turner.

Mr Turner said: “When a heart stops beating from cardiac arrest, every second counts. The chances of recovery are reduced by about 10 per cent after each 60 seconds."

The fundraising event – a boat jumble and raffle – will take place on the Cobb on Sunday, September 17.

The boat jumble will gets underway at 10am and there will be a number of stalls selling a variety of boating equipment, arts and crafts and other goods.

Demonstrations on how to use a defibrillator will be held at 11am and at midday and a raffle draw will take place 12.30pm which, thanks to local businesses, offers prizes including a one week stay in a holiday cottage in the North York Moors, a one night stay in a superior room at Dower House Hotel, dinner for two at the Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant, a meal at the Harbour Inn and the Royal Standard.

Tickets for the draw cost £1 and are available to purchase from the Slipway store by the Cobb until the day of the event.

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