A 27-year old University of Victoria student from India died in a surfing accident despite CPR by bystanders. The incident occurred near Tofino and the man was identified was Nijin John.
According to Vincent
Mallaley, 47 years old, he was walking on Long Beach when he noticed a man in
distress in the water, surrounded by other surfers. Mallaley walked towards the
edge of the water and noticed that a Pacific Rim National Park employee was in
the water attempting to help the man.
Mallaley has a
level-three first aid certification. He ran into the knee-deep water and tried
to save John. As the waves started to come in, Mallaley and the employee lifted
John onto a surfboard and brought him back to the shore where they continued
A park warden arrived
with an automated external defibrillator but the device did not pick up any
John had a large-sized
gash under his left eye close to his cheekbone. He later discovered that John suffered
blunt force trauma to his face that resulted to a crushed cheekbone and nose.
Timely delivery of first
Bystander CPR can make
a big difference in the outcome of emergencies. Prompt action during emergencies
and accidents with immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other life-saving
skills can increase the chances of survival.
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