Doctor Responds to Shark Bite
Saturday, Jul 12, 2008 - 10:38 PM Updated: 11:13 PM
By Tara Lynn
A shark bite on the Isle of Palms didn't keep surfers and swimmers out of the water one day after a shark bit a 24-year-old surfer on the arm. The incident happened near 31st Street Friday afternoon. The victim is recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
News 2's Tara Lynn had a chance to speak with a doctor at the beach Friday who helped the victim until emergency crews arrived.
Doctor Rich Gordon is used to dealing with patients with injuries....but not while walking on the beach.
“I came upon a surfer sitting on the sand and was compressing a wound and he said he had been bitten by a shark,” Gordon told News Two.
Gordon's instincts kicked in Friday afternoon as he tried to help the surfer while waiting for an ambulance.
“He was a little ashen, a little pale, very anxious. I kept him talking had some surrounding people bring towels and t-shirts to cover him.”
Gordon says the Isle of Palms surfer was reluctant to remove a towel wrapped around his forearm.
“He was distraught and I was concerned he was about to go into shock.”
But when he did....
“He revealed a pretty big bite on his forearm probably about that big,” Gordon said holding his hands about nine inches apart.
He says the surfer did the best thing he could have done, leave the water quickly.
“There are major arteries in that part of the arm and he could have bled out and lost a significant amount of blood.”
Now this doctor is considering staying out of the water...at least for a little while.
“I'm hesitant to have our kids in. our children are eight and 14 and if that shark would have bitten a child it probably would have taken an arm off.”
He says he's happy he could help, but the bite makes him wonder how many others there have been and how many more there could be.
The odds of being bitten by a shark are extremely low, but News Two did some digging and came up with precautions you can take to keep you safer. First, stay out of the water if you see birds feeding nearby because that means there are fish around that attract sharks. Don't swim if you're bleeding. Sharks can detect even tiny amounts of blood. Avoid wearing shiny jewelry in the water. That's because under water, it looks the scales on a fish. http://www.wcbd.com/midatlantic/cbd/new ... -0008.html