Cops, EMTs refuse to give up on stricken man

Man unresponsive more than 20 minutes

Emergency responders with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and Emergency Medical Services are credited with saving a man’s life after he collapsed in his bathroom. 

RCIPS Constables Zachary McLaughlin and Carlyle Nation were called to a home in North Side where a 41-year-old man was found curled up on the bathroom floor by a couple with whom he lives. The man apparently collapsed around 10 a.m. Monday and was found unresponsive and not breathing. 

Officers McLaughlin and Nation began CPR on the man at 10:05 a.m. When EMTs arrived at 10:26 a.m., he still had no pulse. The police officers continued CPR while the ambulance personnel administered medication and put the man into their vehicle. 

At 10:50 a.m., medical personnel told officers the man’s pulse was strong and that he had resumed breathing. 

The man was placed in the intensive care unit of the Cayman Islands Hospital. 

Both police officers involved in the incidents had CPR training provided by the RCIPS. 

“The RCIPS is proud of the skill and persistence they demonstrated on Monday to help save the life of this man, despite the fact that he was unresponsive for an extended period of time,” a police statement on the incident read. 


  1. Readers may not be aware just how much physical effort it takes to provide and keep providing CPR for 20 minutes. Well done to the officers involved.

    This is a great example of what CPR can achieve, and also the benefits of CPR training.

    I would urge all readers to consider doing CPR training, it doesn’t take much time and isn’t difficult, and, more than likely the person you help will be someone you know, a friend or a relation!

  2. Permanent brain damage begins after only 4 minutes without oxygen. I truly hope his heart was still beating even though undetectable.