Surfer airlifted to hospital

May 25, 2009 Full story: Plymouth Evening Herald

A MAN was airlifted to hospital suffering from serious breathing problems as a result of a surfing accident off a Cornish beach yesterday.

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Steve Barrett

Otley, UK

#1 May 27, 2009
I was the person who called 999. I have to say that the GP who helped this surfer needs considerably more praise than she has been given in the press. I helped her in the water to drag the man to the shore. Without hesitation she gave him mouth to mouth treatment, unprotected despite lots of blood, all that after a physically demanding effort to drag him out of the water. She resuscitated him, made him alive again and she is a real hero.

Port Talbot, UK

#2 May 28, 2009
Steve – thank you for calling 999 and helping drag Neil out so quickly. The GP was amazing indeed, considering the amount of blood coming out of his mouth (he had bitten his tongue we later found out) she consistently and rapidly cleared his airways as much as possible and administered CPR until as you say he was revived (or breathing at least). If she didn’t act so quickly he would sure as hell have been dead right now. The GP certainly deserves a medal, she never for a second gave up!!

He is currently in Intensive care in a stable but still critical condition. He's in good hands under specialist care.

Everyone has there fingers crossed and is saying their prayers for him! He’s a special guy, a fighter and true survivor…..we hope his fitness and physical / mental strength will see him pull though.

Thank you both, and the lifeguards so, so very much!!!
Steve Barrett

Otley, UK

#3 May 28, 2009
Mikey - really please to hear back - we have been so concerned about Neil and couldnt get any feedback from the authorities. Please can you keep us informed of his progress and give our very best wishes to his family - Im sure he will pull through - my email is k

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