This happend directly behind the boat I was on this afternoon. Unfortunately, this guy dove head first into the water and floated to the top. If it wasn't for his friend, he probably would have drowned. There were many people who came to his aid, it's too bad that he most likely will be paralyzed for the rest of his life if he survives.
If, god forbid, this happens to someone when you are on the water, please be sure not to move a person with a neck/back injury out of the water. I know your intentions may be good but you most likely will cause more damage. Keep them as stable as possible so not to cause any additional injury. Keep their head above water and immediately call for medical assistance.
As most of you are aware, your cell phones do not have the best signals out on the water. Please contact the Coast Guard via ship to shore radio and if at all possible give them your GPS coordinates so that emergency personnel can get there as soon as possible.
We see it to often out there. People jumping in even a cannonball into shallow water can cause a serious back injury. My heart goes out to the family and a prayer for him miracles do happen so lets not give up hope.
Very sad indeed....we were still in the bay, but further in...Saw all the emergency boats/vehicles.
It is unfortunate that he did this.......There are many people out there that just aren't water people and have never been taught right from wrong when it comes to water safety. Anytime you have passengers on your boat you had better plan on babysitting them <_<
I know common sense should tell you not to do it...but I'm sure partying in the hot sun all day dulled his senses....
Anyway, I hope he is okay in the long run....It was a sad way to end the day after having such a great weekend.
We were there today too. My heart & prayers do go out to this guy. We are not all boaters of the same degree..& some of us are not too smart but, that's why we all look out for each other. Good thing there were others there to help. The party broke up real quick after that happened.
Man...I hope this guy is ok. Keep us posted on his outcome.
I stopped to offer my help right when the Sheriff boat got there and I identified myself as an EMS/ FIRE personal and the one deputy in the water said he had it under control! It looked to me like it was a girl that was hurt though, long hair, but it was hard to tell!
Just talked to a friend of mine who worked with him. Info is somewhat third hand but it appears he has 3 shattered vertabrae and no feeling from neck down. Plan is to do surgery to see how extensive that damage is. Does not look too good at this point.
Just from a Nurses perspective, not good. Unfortunately, we know so little about the spinal cord and brian we cannot repair that kind of injury. If he/she had no feeling immediately following the injury-more than likely permanant.
7 years in a Surgicl ICU has taught me so very much, followed by 5 years in a Pediatric ICU. Life is so very precious and every minute we spend together is a lottery. We must always remember, as I taught my children. repect the water-do NOT challenge her, as a women will always win!
Thoughts and prayers for the injured, the family and the nurses and doctors at his side.
Based on how close the boat was to Z Mans, there's a good chance some of us might have talked to this person. Would it be appropriate to get a big card and have anyone that wants to sign it do so on Friday at Jack's?
that's sad. Ihave two paralized friends and let me tell you it sucks for everyone involved , but it's hardest on the family. it only takes a socond to change ones life forever. my condolences to the fam.
That's a cool gesture raftguywithjager. I know he would like to know that a lot of people are praying for him and thinking about him. If any of you do get a card or something. Please let me know and I will get it to the family. He's a great guy and like one person posted earlier, he just wasn't thinking at that moment. It is very unfortunate how fast life can change. We're all pulling for him and I'm glad to see the nice things that you all are have to say.