Dramatic Rescue At Crystal Cove Recounted

Every surfer should know what to do in a possible spinal cord injury situation: Call 911, carefully get the guy on his back, and stabilize the neck…cheers to some of the guys who helped with the rescue of the injured surfer, Jason Burgess and Richard Woolcott from Volcom!

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Jason Burgess

Big props to Jason Burgess for helping out a fellow surfer!

Dave Carter had just taken what surfers call a “bomb,” a big wave down the beach at Crystal Cove State Park, and he was walking back to get into the water again when he noticed the other surfer.

“At first I thought he was just laying there and when I got to him I said, ‘How are you doing? What’s wrong with you?’” said Carter, who has been surfing Crystal Cove’s shoreline for more than two decades.

“I can’t feel anything,” responded the man, floating on his back in waist-deep water. “I can’t move.”

Carter, a former lifeguard who’s taking classes to become an EMT so he can be a volunteer firefighter, immediately stabilized the injured surfer’s back with his hands and dragged him a few feet to the sand.

“I made sure his neck was stable,” said Carter, 40, of Corona del Mar, who long ago started a business fixing surfboards smashed in half in the tricky Crystal Cove surf.