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Old     (ldr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       09-01-2013, 11:47 AM Reply   
Scary Incident, dang edit wont let me edit title

My Dad is a regular reader of the site but does not have an account so he asked me to relay the events of this last Friday night as well as what he will do differently in the future in hopes that it will help others.

My parents were out on the Delta in Stockton Friday night with my 3 younger cousins who live in the area. My cousin Samuel has been getting pretty good and was working on clearing the wake. My parents were pulling Samuel behind their X star between Bob's and Paradise as Samuel was gaining confidence and trying to go wake to wake. Samuel was getting progressively closer till on one jump he cased the wake, dug the nose and had the board hit him in the back of the head splitting the skin open behind his ear.

When they pulled around to pick him up they noticed a lot of blood so they got him up and cleaned out the area with some bottled water and put pressure on it with a clean towel and started on their way to get him off the water. My dad tried to get ahold of Samuels parents so they cold meet him at Bobs, his parents didn't pick up their cell phones and they couldn't get ahold of any other friends or family so they had to go all the way to Buckley cove and pull the boat out of the water before getting on their way to an urgent care. They finally got ahold of Samuels parents and decided to meet at the nearest urgent care. When they pulled up the urgent care had just closed and again were not able to get Samuels parents back on the phone so they ended up waiting in the parking lot for Samuels parents to show up. They finally made the tradeoff, dropped Samuel's other 2 siblings at my grandparents and headed home.

Later that night my mom and dad discussed what they could do differently so this event wasn't duplicated in the future. These are the 2 things that they plan on doing and many of you may already do them.

First:
If they are taking out any minors, make sure that the parents will be available for contact via cell phone etc. A lot of the running around could have been eliminated if Samuels parents had their cell phones with them and answered when called.

Second:
My dad is planning on having helmets available from now on, especially for those who are progressing and pushing themselves.

Samuel ended up getting 3 internal stitches as well as the stitches over the top. Both of my parents work in the medical profession and were able to react appropriately when the incident occurred.
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