On Saturday morning, Glenn Dickson, 25, a spearfisher from Edmonton, was bitten multiple times on his left calf and femur by a shark near Hinchinbrook Island, off the coast of North Queensland, Australia. He suffered severe blood loss and lost consciousness before being rushed into emergency surgery. He has since been listed in critical but stable condition.
ABC News reported that, if it was not for the efforts of his three friends in applying a tourniquet to his leg, the wounded Queensland father of two might not have lived long enough to have the emergency surgery required to save his life and leg. Paramedics praised the efforts of Dickson’s three friends, who made a tourniquet “using clothing” and succeeded in getting him to shore.
The Concord Register reported that Dickson’s friends rushed him to the mainland town of Cardwell, which was 30 kms away. In Cardwell, Dickson was rushed by helicopter to Cairns Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
According to the The Cairns Post, the shark attack on the Queensland spearfisher took place at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. One of Dickson’s friends, who was a former officer in the navy and who had medical training, made and applied the tourniquet credited with saving Dickson’s life until he could have emergency surgery.
In an interview, Queensland Ambulance Service senior operations supervisor Neil Noble called Dickson lucky to have survived the encounter with the shark, which is believed to have been either a bull shark or a tiger shark. Noble emphasized, “Time is a major factor in cases like this.”
He added that, if it was not for the efforts of Dickson’s three friends in controlling the bleeding by using direct pressure and a tourniquet, along with a blood transfusion given to him by the helicopter rescue team, within 60 seconds, Dickson would possibly have succumb to his injuries.
One of Dickson’s close friends, Simeon Ballantyne, said he was shocked to hear about Dickson getting attacked by a shark. Ballantyne called Dickson “an amazing person” and also someone who cares about his friends and family. Ballantyne plans to visit Dickson tomorrow, the Daily Mail Australia reported.
After Glenn Dickson from North Queensland was bitten multiple times by a shark off of Hinchinbrook Island on Saturday morning, he had to undergo emergency surgery to save his life. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Dickson with his recovery. The money raised will also go to supporting Dickson’s fiancé Jessie Lee, in the couple’s time of need. Lee is expecting their third child. So far, the GoFundMe page has raised $12,185 of a $20,000 goal.
By John Samuels
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