A diver is lucky to be alive after a shark attack in Australia saw him airlifted to hospital when first responders found “no pulse” and had to resuscitate him.
Rick Bettua, a former US Navy diver, was bitten on the pelvis by a suspected bull shark on Sunday, October 25, Nine News reports.
Footage shows the victim on a stretcher being rushed to a waiting helicopter at Britomart Reef, off Hinchinbrook Island in Queensland, shortly after 12pm local time.
He was spearfishing with a pal when he suffered “catastrophic” injuries from the shark bite, which paramedics now say he was fortunate to survive.
Talking to Nine News, paramedic Ruiyi Yin said Rick had “no pulse” but his friend Peter, who was spearfishing with him, had quickly stemmed the bleeding.
She said: “He had a belt he had put on and sinched quite tightly, it would have bought him some time for sure.”
Rick lost a massive amount of blood even with the makeshift tourniquet.
“He didn’t have a pulse at the time but we were able to resuscitate him at the scene,” Ruiyi added.
Rick, who was originally from Hawaii, was taken to Townsville Hospital for emergency surgery.
His condition is currently critical but stable, Nine News reports.
Unfortunately, 2020 has been Australia’s worst year for shark attacks since 2014, and seven people have lost their lives so far.
A dad-of-two is missing after a suspected shark attack in western Australia with nothing but torn pieces of his wetsuit left to explain what might have happened.
The victim, Andrew Sharpe, was surfing at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay earlier this month when he vanished.
This comes after a man was filmed writhing in pain on a beach in Miami, US, after a shark bit a chunk out of his leg when he ignored a warning not to enter the water.
He was bitten by a black-tipped shark and recalled that it felt like something “punching” him really hard in the leg.