North-east barmaid who saved life of customer closes in on target to buy defibrillator

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The Pub in the Square

A heroic barmaid who saved the life of a customer who collapsed due to a suspected heart attack has raised almost enough cash to buy a defibrillator.

Buckie bar manager Lynda Murray leapt into action after the man fell ill in the pub last weekend.

She has since started a fundraising campaign to buy life-saving equipment for the town centre.

Having raised £1,200 in days, Ms Murray hopes the target will soon be reached.

She said: “The response since I decided to start raising funds has been amazing. We think the machines cost around £1,500, so I hope we will have enough for the first one this week.”

Ms Murray was working at The Pub in the Square last Saturday when the man, in his 40s, suddenly lost consciousness.

Putting her first aid training to use, she performed CPR for almost 10 minutes.

Ms Murray said: “I went into auto-pilot.”

Her boss John Russell believes the man would not have left the bar alive had it not been for Ms Murray’s actions.