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Mr. Deeks cannot remember the near-drowning incident, though he suspects it occurred when a wave pushed him under the water. Even those who rescued him have no idea of how long he could have been in the water before he was noticed.
Darren Zimmerman, station commander at the nearby National Sea Rescue Institute Office, said..."We don't know how long he was in the water but he must have been without a pulse for between 40 and 60 minutes."
Doctors have said they were amazed by his recovery. According to Mr Zimmerman, only 5 per cent of those given cardiopulmonary resuscitation survive, and those who do make it often suffer neurological damage. "Most of those who survive end up with neurological problems, difficulties with speech or more serious problems. Some survive for a week or two and then die", he said. "What happened to Mr Deeks is remarkable. For him to recover so quickly and with no obvious medical problems is a miracle – something I've never seen before."