The North Devon Gazette reports that Appledore Gig Club have taken delivery of a defibrillator.
The new defibrillator should now be in place in the Seagate Hotel in the new year.
There are two active gig clubs in the village, each with 60-plus members, with active rowers up to the age of 80.
There have been two incidents in the past year alone, at South West regattas, where gig rowers have had sudden cardiac arrests, and each year the two gig clubs host their annual regattas which attract some 500 rowers.
Appledore also hosts the Super Veterans’ National Championships where approximately 300 rowers over the age of 50 compete over two days.
The population of Appledore, which currently numbers 2,200, is older than the national average. As a historic, traditional fishing village most of the internal road structure is not accessible by vehicle and is made up of a maze of narrow streets.
A spokesperson from Appledore Pilot Gig Club said: “We started the application process with the British Heart Foundation just over four months ago and last week’s post brought great news for Appledore, telling us our application had been successful.
“The Seagate Hotel has agreed for the defibrillator to be kept at the hotel, which is central to the village. Hopefully this will not need to be used but there is peace of mind for the community to know that there is access to a defibrillator should it ever be needed.”