Bondi Shark Attack: evidence exclusive
Monday, 16 February 2009
Surf testimony exclusive Prevention of Sébastien Le Bail, one of the two French surfers who participated in the rescue of Glenn victim of a shark attack at Bondi Beach.
Surf Prevention: Hi Seb! Can you make a small summary of the events of that night of the shark attack at Bondi?
To restore the conditions, it was 19h-19h30, the conditions were not good: strong on-shore wind, 1.50m, very dark time, water not clear.
We talk quietly when we heard a shriek, then guys yelling "shark shark", it was not sure what they had said, but when we saw the paddle towards the beach, everything was understood immediately.
Fortunately for us, a wave of series is increased at this time. We watched on our left and saw a guy with something red on the top of his board, we were wondering what it was. I first thought of algae, but it seemed strange.
It leaves the water running and it goes to a guy lying on the water with him to a surfer. It was immediately saw the arm of Glenn, the left hand was severed net, she was just a small piece of skin, and his forearm was ripped off him, leaving the muscle ... we could really see inside of one arm ...
For my part, I turned the head 1 second to resume my spirits. Mik (Mikaël Thomas, friend of Seb.) Took his bodyboard leash and he made a tourniquet. As for me, I have wedged the body under the head and above. Other surfers have arrived, there is one that has elevated his legs. Someone then brought a surfboard, he was put on gently, then we have worn.
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We had to cross the beach, about 150 meters I think, during this time, we posed questions Glenn "first name, age ..." A woman has also come to help us, it supported his hand so that it no tears no more. We had to climb some stairs and then a little "lift" because ambulances could not enter it.
Mik had the excellent idea of asking guys to get ice. We introduced Glenn. The ice does not come, I went to look also at my back, there was some ice and towels, he was placed on the AC arm and then waited for rescue. During this time he ever spoke and his legs were still elevated (feet up to the basin of a surfer standing). The ambulance arrived 30 minutes after the accident and I think took over, then towards the Saint Vincent Hospital for 10 hours of surgery.
Surf Prevention: How have you had the presence of mind and the cold blood to make the gesture that saves lives?
We did not have time to think and should not, we immediately thought of the tourniquet so he lost the least amount of blood possible. Mik has always held the tourniquet until paramedics take over. In addition, we also have our first aid certificate, which has certainly helped.
Surf Prevention: What are you doing in Australia at the moment?
We got our BTS in June and have decided to leave for a year in Australia (working holiday visa) to surf.
Mik is currently runner (server) in a restaurant on the harbor in Sydney. As for me, I work in a supermarket in central Sydney.
Surf Prevention: Since when do you surf?
Mik's body is now in 6 / 7 years if I am not mistaken. For me it's 5 / 6 years on the bodyboard, and I'm surfing in the summer of 2007 during an internship in California. J'alterne short / body / longboard depending on wave conditions.
Surf Prevention: What is the current mood in Bondi?
There are many more surfers in the water. Before the accident, in the morning, there was always at least 10 people whatever the circumstances, now I have seen a person in the water the day after the accident and no one this morning. In addition, a surfer would have seen a shark at Bondi yesterday ...
Surf Prevention: What is your current emotional state?
Personally, feeling better but I think about it every day. Working on a busy street in Sydney, I often ambulances so I images that come back. We expect to see Glenn, it will do us good to see him again I think.
We will wait to surf again for a few days, then we will return to water, it may also be a step ...
Surf Prevention: Congratulations guys and thank you for being here despite the many requests you have received from the Australian media. Soon on the waves French are still less "sharky" in Australia ...http://blog.surf-prevention.com/surf/ac ... de-requin/