Paramedics have hailed the “exceptional” survival story of a South Australian surfer who swam again to shore alone and walked 300 metres for assist after struggling “extraordinary” accidents from a shark chunk at a distant seashore.
Paramedic Michael Rushby stated the person had “severe” lacerations on his again, bottom and leg “in step with fairly a big shark chunk”, however managed to haul himself to security.
The 29-year-old man was bitten by the shark on Sunday whereas browsing at D’Estrees Bay on Kangaroo Island.
He was first handled by an off-duty paramedic who drove to the seashore of their private automobile, and acquired additional therapy by Rushby and one other paramedic earlier than he was taken to Flinders Medical Centre.
“We stabilised him on the facet of the highway, handled his accidents and managed his ache,” Rushby stated. “The younger man sustained severe lacerations and this was to his again, his bottom and his thigh. These accidents had been in step with fairly a big shark chunk.”
From hospital the shark assault sufferer launched a handwritten notice of his expertise, thanking the paramedics and medical workers who saved him.
“I used to be sitting on my board once I felt successful on my left facet,” he wrote. “It was like being hit by a truck.
“It bit me round my again, buttock and elbow, and took a piece out of my board. I obtained a glimpse of the shark because it let go and disappeared.”
Rushby stated the person then managed to swim again to shore.
“That is without doubt one of the exceptional elements of the story, he advised me he swam again to the seashore by himself,” he stated. “After which he needed to stroll 300 metres to the carpark the place he was capable of get some assist from bystanders. With the extent of his accidents, this was fairly exceptional.”
He stated the person was acutely aware whereas the paramedics had been treating him.
“He was capable of maintain a dialog from the time I met him to the time I handed him over. He was doing nicely, he was capable of recall the occasion, and was capable of maintain a dialog which was good and reassuring.
“That is my first shark chunk whereas I’ve been a paramedic. Nevertheless, that stated, we do prepare for trauma, this was a trauma case.”
From hospital, the person stated he was “extremely fortunate” and “optimistic I’ll make a full restoration”.