Capital cyclist joins first aid effort for Olympic sailings

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A RED Cross volunteer from the Capital has got on his bike to take part in a massive first aid operation designed to ensure top quality medical cover during the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland.

Ray Riva has joined more than 350 first aiders from across the UK who have descended on the Dorset seaside town to offer their life-
saving skills.

His job is to patrol the beach on his bike and be on hand to offer medical assistance in the event of any calls for help.

Ray, 55, said: “With large numbers of people attending and traffic restrictions in the town centre, the cycle responders are able to get to an emergency very quickly. We might not be as fast as Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish, but we’re ready for any eventuality.”

Emma Marshall, Red Cross programme manager, said: “Our volunteers are all excited to play such an important role in keeping spectators safe.”