Drama auf Lombok: Surfer überlebt heftigen Wipe Out
Drama auf Lombok: Surfer überlebt heftigen Wipe Out
Janine Reith -

Dank der Hilfe zweier Brasilianer hat ein australischer Surfer einen heftigen Wipe Out überlebt. Das Drama ereignete sich auf Lombok, am wahrscheinlich perfektesten lefthander der Welt: Desert Point

Wer schon mal vor Ort war weis: Hier sind die Barrels deep. Die Ritte sind lang und jeder einzelne davon ist ein Wettlauf gegen die Natur und ihre unbändige Kraft, die einen auf das messerscharfe Riff drücken kann. Diese schmerzhafte Erfahrung musste der Australier Nathan Bartlett am 16. Juni während eines soliden Swell machen.

Am Unglückstag stürzte er in einer mittelgroßen Welle beim Take Off und wurde zusammen mit der Lip auf das Riff geschleudert. Das Ganze geschah bei High Tide, was beweist, dass der Spot auch bei hohem Wasserstand nicht ungefährlicher ist. Der Bodyboarder Renan Marias und Fotograf Kako Lopes sahen den Sturz und waren sofort zur Stelle.

Nathan hatte tiefe Schnittwunden im Gesicht und war bereits nicht mehr bei Bewusstsein. Sofort begann Fotograf Kako mit Wiederbelebungsmaßnahmen und nach 5 langen Minuten Paddelweg gegen die starke Strömung am Spot, schafften sie es Nathan auf ein Boot zu katapultieren. Erst später an Land kam Nathan in einem Warung wieder zu sich und wurde im nächstgelegenen Dorf medizinisch versorgt. Zwei Tage Später konnte er nach Bali abtransportiert werden um sich weiteren Behandlungen zu unterziehen. Derzeit ist Nathan zurück in seiner Heimat Australien und auf dem Wege der Besserung.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVw2qfkHze6/?taken-by=kakolopes&hl=de

Wir wünschen gute und schnelle Genesung und sind froh über den Zusammenhalt und die Hilfsbereitschaft der Surf-Community.

Passt auf euch auf und seid auch zur Stelle, wenn andere eure Hilfe brauchen!

Es folgt die Schilderung des Szenarios vom Fotografen und ein aktuelles Video der Welle aus Desert Point.

https://vimeo.com/222363008

 

Here’s how the drama unfolded according to Photographer Kako Lopes…

“The incident with Nathan happened on the last swell at Deserts on June 16. Nathan was probably the best surfer during that swell, he had already racked up many tubes the day before, and that day too. It was around two o’clock in the afternoon, the tide was full – and I think this is also worth noting – FULL TIDE DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT IS SAFER. ”

“I saw Nathan trying to get into a good wave, but he was very late. The lip held him up and he could not complete the drop. The wave was not the biggest of the day. It was only after another two waves that I could see that the board was floating by itself, he was already far away. I saw bodyboarder Renan Farias come paddling hard towards the board and that’s where I headed too. ”

“Renan was the first to arrive, then me and Usman. Renan grabbed Nathan, we started to swim to the beach, but it was very difficult because of the current. That’s when we saw a fishing boat that Pete Friedman was photographing from. Nathan’s face was disfigured, he was pulseless, getting purple and full of water, I could see we did not have much time. As Renan swam beneath him I decided to try cardiac massage and see if he would support it. It worked. ”

“I started to paddle with one hand and massage with the other. Lots of water came out of his mouth. There was blood everywhere, it was the saddest scene. It took us about 5 minutes to get to the boat. I did not stop the massage at any moment, from there came several surfers, we had difficulty to get him on the boat. I went up on the boat and continued to massage, then he gave his first breath, I could see that the space in his lungs was too small, the breathing too short, so I turned him to the right side, I stopped massaging and I started to pray. ”

“We took him to the nearby bay, got him out of the boat and put him in a warung. At that moment he woke up, recognized me, held my hand tight and asked me not to leave him. Then his brother and his friends arrived. We put him in a car and left for Mataram (closest town to Desert Point). There he was cleaned and given stitches, after two days he was moved to Bali.

“Thanks to God, Nathan is recovering well, the cuts were deep and very close to the eye, but he did not have any problems in the eye, he has no brain damage and his lungs are improving gradually. He broke his nose, but yesterday in Australia they did the last surgery on his nose. Today he is at home with his wife and two children; one two months old and the other two years old. Amen.”



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