A DEFIBRILLATOR installed in public four years ago has been used to save a person's life after their heart stopped beating.

The member of the public collapsed at the Masonic Hall in Swanage this morning.

Rescuers followed instructions given by the defibrillator's automatic sensors and shocked the patient with a powerful electric charge.

Once heartbeat and breathing were restored, the patient was taken to hospital.

Dorset Freemasons installed 17 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for public use around the county four years ago.

The Provincial Grand Master for Dorset, Richard Merritt, said: “The Freemasons of Dorset are proud to have been able to provide this service to the public and it is gratifying to know that our machines are available 24 hours a day to help save lives”.