Cricketers save man after Otways crash

Warrion Cricket Club members, including president Shane Vicary, left, and Darryn Murrell, right, helped save the life of a motorcyclist who crashed at Barramunga on the weekend.

A team of Colac district cricketers saved a motorcyclist’s life when they jumped to action to revive him after he crashed in the Otways.

Warrion Cricket Club members were driving home from a match at Apollo Bay on Saturday night, when they stopped to render assistance to the 55-year-old Melbourne man, who had chest and head injuries.

Police have praised the cricketers, who saved the man’s life and also controlled traffic at the scene for 30 minutes until emergency services could arrive.

Warrion Cricket Club president and player Shane Vicary was on the bus with the Division Two cricket team.

“We pulled up, the motorbike was on the ground, and the rider was face down in the dirt,” Mr Vicary said.

“Two of us had first-aid training so we looked after him.

“It was quite full-on.”

Mr Vicary and teammate Darryn Murrell rendered first aid to the man, with an emergency operator offering guidance by phone.

Mr Vicary said the man stopped breathing while they were there, and Mr Murrell performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on him.

“I was holding his head and his neck the whole time,” Mr Vicary said.

“After the second breath he coughed and started breathing again,” he said.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said an air ambulance took the motorcyclist to the Alfred Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

He had head and chest injuries.

The man remained in a critical but stable condition in the Alfred yesterday afternoon.

Senior Constable Margaret Anderson of Apollo Bay said a passerby found the motorcyclist unconscious on the side of the road after an apparent crash.

“The passerby was on the phone to Ambulance Victoria when the Warrion Cricket Club came past in a bus,” Sen Const Anderson said.

“They got him going until the ambulance arrived,” she said.

“They stopped and did everything right.”

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