On December 31, 2017, while people were celebrating New Years Eve with friends and family a local Hawaii woman was surfing off Laniakea Beach on the North Shore of Hawaii, near Haleiwa. The tiger shark thought to be at least 10 ft in length grabbed Marjorie Mariano on her leg and began to shake vigorously. Marjorie, upon realizing what was happening began to fight back, and the shark released her, but not before severing one of her arteries. She was reportedly taken to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, where she was treated for her injuries. The life saving tool called a tourniquet is credited with saving her life. She is currently recovering and a Go Fund Me page has been set-up to help her with medical expenses.
Ballas et al, 2017, reported his findings last year in the first ever clinical study of shark attacks. Analyzing numerous cases from what some call the shakiest spot in the world it was determined that the single determining factor for survival of a shark attack is the rapid application of a commercial pre-hospital tourniquet. The aforementioned does not mean an improvised tourniquet. Improvised tourniquets are not advocated for use unless there are no other means necessary available because they are untested, unregulated, have a 75% failure rate, and more often than not, they lead to more complications.
It's always a good idea to carry a tourniquet with you in the water or ocean. We recommend the use of our marine tourniquets, because they are the only tourniquet specifically made for marine environments, and more specifically for marine professionals and water sports participants like surfers, and divers. Everyday Carry #EDC when surfing or diving should include an OMNA Amphibious Tourniquet or Tourniquet Surfboard Leash. For only a few dollars more than the average leash price, you can have the best surfboard leash available, which also has an integrated tourniquet, with an optional drowning prevention quick release. That's 3x the value in one product, with more than 3x the use.
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