Brecon Beacons Lightning Strike - ACF Instructor attempts rescue

9 July 2015

Captain Kris Hawkins, 37, an Adult Instructor from Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force, was one of four First Aiders who gave CPR to an injured man when a lightning storm struck on the Corn Du peak of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday 5 July

Kris and three members of Windsor and Eton Sea Cadets were scouting out a training route when they came across a man lying on the ground acccompanied by a female colleague who was trying to resuscitate him. Using their First Aid skills and training, the four performed CPR for roughly 30 minutes before mountain rescue arrived and they continued to try to resuscitate the casualty until he was evacuated.

Unfortunately despite the group's best efforts the injured man - Jeremy Prescott, a Duke of Edinburgh's award team leader - died from his injuries.  

Lt Col Alan Sharkey, National First Aid Policy Adviser, said:  "The group stepped up and managed the situation in very difficult circumstances. I have no hesitation in nominating all four for Praiseworthy First Aid awards."