On September 15, 2018, Arthur Medici was body boarding off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, when he had a fatal encounter with a great white shark. Bystanders on the beach attempted to assist him when he made it to shore, however, it took him too long to get to shore, and he subsequently bled to death before arriving to shore. Cape Cod First Responder response times are longer than average because of the local terrain, and as Good Samaritans and off duty lifeguards discovered surfboard leash cords make horrible improvised tourniquets.
Water changes everything; therefore, it is logical that the already high failure rate of improvised tourniquets would increase in a marine environment; just like first responder response times. As surfers it is your responsibility to have the proper surfing abilities, to know first aid, and be self-reliant. The best way to do this is to surf with an OMNA Tourniquet Surfboard Leash.
Being prepared in the water, also means being able to stop the bleed from a laceration, which while shark attacks are rare, and fin cuts are more likely most should be prepared for, and if you can do so with equipment you will already be surfing it’s a win-win.