San Francisco Surfer Rescued After Hitting Head on Rock
Quick action from surfers may have saved this man’s life.
On Sunday afternoon, a group of surfers at a local San Francisco break successfully saved a fellow surfer. The Victim reportedly hit his head on a rock, leaving him unconscious.
According to ABC7 News:
Witnesses say the surfer was riding a six to eight-foot wave when he gained too much speed and crashed head first into a rock. Another surfer at the scene, who is also an EMT, rushed to perform CPR on him after another group pulled him from the water.
“Looks like he had a gash on his head, so he probably hit the rock and became unconscious. Someone was obviously calling 911 and we were just pumping on him 30 to 2 trying to get his impressions in and the airway,” said Kevin Smallwood.
The San Francisco Fire Department says that the quick action of the surfers may have changed the outcome of the rescue. “The CPR being administered right away is really a positive thing, and under incredibly adverse conditions. Substantial swell out there, whitewater, rocks. These gentlemen all did a wonderful, a great thing tonight,” said Battalion Chief Mike Maloney.
The victim is currently in critical condition.
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