Watched a man die today

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by SCOB3YVILLE, Oct 6, 2019.


    SCOB3YVILLE Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    I didn’t think this was appropriate for Facebook, but I was one of the first people on scene of a dead body in the shore break today at blacks... well. I assume he is not with us, but yeah. Dude was not waking up after 30 minutes of chest compressions and defib and the throat straw/hook thing...

    Anyway. Short story long.
    Me and my brother, Leo from NJ, visiting SD. I take him down the Ho Chi trail and as soon as we hit the bottom some chicks ask us if we know cpr. He runs down to the guy, I go running towards the sole lifeguard by the paved path. She swings over in the pick up with the lights going. my brother and another surfer (who imassuming was a first responder in life) started doing chest compressions for the first 4-8 minutes. Some random guy jumps in the drivers seat while we’re all clearing out the bed.
    They drive him from basically the glider port steps to the pave path and by that point the ems and FD are waiting and they work on him for 15 minutes before taking him up the hill.

    It was an insane day. Scares me I wouldn’t have know to perform cpr on that guy if my brother wasn’t there. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the water the past 20 years and today was probably the heaviest shut I’ve ever seen. Definitely going to look into cpr and small wave training. Can happen to anyone so quickly. He had Churchill’s on and looked like a fit guy, older but he did have what looked like a gash on his forehead.

    Stay safe out there my friends
  2. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    That's a heavy thing to have to be a part of. You guys did everything anybody could do.

    Good idea about learning CPR. Think I'll get that training again too.

    You're a good dude.
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  3. Notaseal

    Notaseal Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2015
  4. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I agree with PJ. That's a very heavy thing to go through. Good on you for helping out and sticking with it. It's a testament to who you are.
  5. CaptJAQ

    CaptJAQ Well-Known Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    That's heavy. I once saw a guy get karate chopped by his? longboard, and become a paraplegic/quadraplegic. I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a small 1-3 foot day that was super clean. We were out at Nuns Beach in Stone Harbor. He was with 2 friends on shortboards, and he was on a LB. I could tell he knew how to surf, but could also tell he wasn't familiar with surfing the LB. He kept trying to take off and ride it like he would a SB, and it was a vintage (heavy) LB with little to no rocker. On one backside left, he dug a rail, fell forward, and the board went up the face of the wave, and was pitched right at him. It hit him directly on the neck. When the wave passed, he was face down in the water. I let my board go towards shore, and converged on him at the same time his friends did. We got him on one of his buddy's boards, and brought him to shore where the lifeguards took over.

    They stopped short of getting him on to dry sand, and yelled at us to get away. I cringed every time a wave came in and moved his head back and forth. I didn't know the guy personally, but heard second-hand years later that he was wheelchair bound for life.

    I suppose I should re-up my CPR, good stuff to know.

    Sorry you had to go through that at Black's. Puts you in touch with your own mortality.
  6. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    You and your brothers righteous endeavor is commendable Scoby.
    My condolences to the victims family and much sympathy for their surfing community.
    CPR and basic first-aid training will never be a waste of skills.