The usual theater, shark hit surfer, paramedics, CPR on the beach on the north coast of Australia this morning after a surfer was bitten by a suspected great white shark at Shelley Beach, near Coffs Harbor.
The man, in his thirties, was bitten in the arm around eleven o’clock, dragged to the ground, CPR, chopper, dead.
This is the first fatal shark attack on the east coast since May, when the surfer Mark Sanguinetti was killed by a tall fifteen foot white man at Tuncurry, two hours drive south, and two months since sUrfer Joe Hoffman survived a blow from a three-meter Great White at Crescent Head, a little further north of Tuncurry.
Ground floor Glenn Coleman told the ABC he heard the sirens and, “We immediately listened and knew something had happened. It’s a heavy feeling. This puts a heavy atmosphere on the village.
Coleman says Shelley was packed with locals because it was Father’s Day.
What’s the takeaway here?
After two decades of protecting the Grand Blanc, this is the new reality of surfing in Australia.
So buy and learn to use a tourniquet. Most, but certainly not all, Great White’s hits are a bite and release taste test, so once the shark is gone, if you’re quick, a life can be saved.
If you can put a tourniquet over the wound site, your boyfriend has a good chance of living.
There is one exception here.
If the shark removes a leg or an entire arm and there is no stump, well, even a combat medic cannot stop the bleeding.
But if there is a strain, there is a chance, a good chance. If you act fast.
Do you wear a tourniquet in your overalls? Or on the beach?
First of all, before calling anyone, put it well, a few centimeters above the joint.
No tourniquet or is it in the car?
Get a towel. Apply as much pressure as possible where the blood is coming out. All that matters is to stop the blood.
A catastrophic attack and your boyfriend will pass out in three minutes; after five minutes the results are poor.
(Click here to discover the range of tourniquets from emergency physician and surfer Jon Cohen, including one integrated into a leash)
More information on the Coffs attack as you go.