Young Woman's Close Call After Drink Was Spiked
Quick thinking by a South East hotel security
guard has saved a young woman believed
to be a victim of drink spiking.
Chris McGroth, from Green Triangle Security
in Mt Gambier, twice resuscitated the 23-year-old Brooklyn
Park woman, who had stopped breathing after
drinking at the Robe Hotel on Sunday night.
Mr McGroth, who has 28 years of paramedic experience, went to the
woman's aid after her friend said she was unwell.
"The lady was outside on a park bench and she was
complaining of chronic abdomen cramps.
She was very cold and numb....," he said.
"I called the ambulance and put her in the recovery position
and then she stopped breathing." Mr McGroth gave the woman
mouth-to-mouth twice before the ambulance arrived.
"I feel very pleased and I am pleased that this lady
is going to see in the next year," Mr McGroth said.
He said there had been about 320 patrons in the hotel on Sunday night.
Mr McGroth said the duty manager at the Robe Hotel,Eric Howard,
had also helped save the woman's life.
Phil Carson, the hotel's manager, said there was no
history of drink spiking in Robe.
"I am very angry that this has happened," he said.
A 20-year-old woman was also taken to the Kingston Soldiers
Memorial Hospital after allegedly having
her drink spiked at another Robe venue.
Naracoorte Detective Rod Hannam said the Robe incidents should be a warning.
"If you are dancing, talking or going to the toilet,
you must leave your drink with a friend," he said.
"This type of thing can easily happen to you."
Det Hannam said if the woman had died, the offender would
be looking at a murder charge and life in prison.
At this stage, he said police had no suspects
and were calling for witnesses.
Adelaide Advertiser (4-1-2006)