HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Witnesses likely saved a man's life Wednesday when he collapsed at Hillsboro Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center.

The 72-year-old man fell to the floor during an exercise class at about 9:30 a.m., said Hillsboro Fire & Rescue spokesman Storm Smith.

The instructor, 42-year-old Gabrielle Johnston, immediately began CPR, assisted by another class participant, 73-year-old Dave Woodford, Smith said. They also summoned additional staff with an automatic external defibrillator.

Aquatics manager Paula Rose and colleague Lori Mason applied the AED and took over CPR. The man began breathing again before parmedics arrived.

He was taken by ambulance to Tuality Hospital. His condition was not released, but Smith said the man was speaking with medical responders during the trip.

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