KiteCulture wrote:am I the only one that thinks 2 mins from reaching Lewis to performing CPR is actually not a bad time? I'd think that most drowning victims wait much longer. I'm certain those 2 mins felt like an eternity, and if they can learn from this and make it faster - awesome. But 2 mins to me seems like perhaps an acceptable time no?
These guys have big balls for sure. I wish everyone that got hurt a speedy and safe recovery.
Reno gets to Lewis: 14:52:35 (32 seconds later)
Reno travels fast and gets to Rescue boat (that is still near the shore): 14:52:43 (8 seconds)
Rescue boat get Lewis on Stretch in water: 14:53:21 (38 seconds)
Recsue boat get Lewis to beach to continue CPR: 14:53:53 (32 seconds)
The only problem here is that CPR was not commenced at this time - if only it was. In fact he never really received it at all. He badly needed air forced into his lungs and as it turned out he pretty much eventually had to do that for himself. There was no ambubag available in the boat (if any organiser reads this they need to remedy this in the future) and this is what he needed because he was aspirating on the seawater he had swallowed, and was now regurgitating, and mouth to mouth would have been tricky, but also should have been done if only there was a one way valve. Thus he was dragged to the beach without breathing and with no-one breathing for him. On the beach it didn't get any better. Still no ambubag, no mouth to mouth and surprise surprise no oxygen available. The only air he got was the reflex gasps he gave after each puke. Somehow this was enough to sustain his life. I just hope he wasn't hypoxic too long and that his lungs will recover from the salt water and stomach acid aspiration. He will get nasty pneumonia.
In an ideal world, when someone is seen to take such a catastrophic crash, a flag and siren will go off, so the sleeping lifeguards ( I say this after their response to Lasse Walker crash) and fellow competitors can drop what they are doing and rush over. The kiters may get there first and if they do, airway out of the water if it is quick otherwise mouth to mouth if they are willing, would be lifesaving. Then the Jetski's would arrive with a qualified kiter-medic-rescue-swimmer and a portable breathing device, be it a portable regulator or an ambubag - just something to put some air in his lungs if needed. Then on the shore a proper setup with oxygen and medics who have advanced training (take note organisers). And then instead of "staying and playing" (medical term) in the ambulance for ?45mins before driving off for the hospital, they need to "scoop and shoot" (medical term) to go and get advanced treatment facilities.
In summary it took too long!! If it was quick it would have been cough cough splutter and walk off down the beach. Now we have a fight for your life in ICU story.