A 51-year-old man from New South Wales died yesterday after a surfing accident in Margaret River. While details are sketchy, it is believed that either the nose of his board of the fin severed his femoral artery, a large artery running through the thigh.
According to Perth Now, a man named Darry Naidu was paddling out at Surfers Point in Margaret River around 11 am when he saw the man fall on a wave. “I was paddling out and he looked like he’d been caught inside and he was in a bad way,” said Naidu. Two other surfers came to help him when it became apparent that he was in trouble. “Two guys paddled over to help him out,” Naidu continued. “I paddled over to see if I could help and they said, ‘We’re good, we’ve got him’. They got him to shore and he was unconscious by then.”
A local surfer, Joerg Jordi, was also in the water at the time of the injury. “I was riding a wave and that guy said ‘I’ve got to get out’,” he told The West Australian. “He didn’t say ‘I’m injured’ or anything like that, so I just thought he had enough.” Afterwards, Jordi noticed the trail of blood in the water. He warned others in the area that there might’ve been a shark attack.
Despite nearly half an hour of CPR, the victim died from blood loss. “They carried him up the stairs on a surfboard to get him to the car park for when the ambulance arrived,” saidNaid, “but he may have passed away laying on the board on the way up the stairs.” The man, whose name has not been released was visiting WA with his wife, two kids, and his aging father.