(some graphic content)
Paramedics Peter Joyce and Jack Baker had been back at the station for only a few minutes after treating their first-ever shark attack victim when the radio crackled: A second person had just been attacked.
They ran inside to grab a few tourniquets — they had used all theirs on the first victim — and then drove through a sudden downpour. They found a 16-year-old lying on a narrow band of sand, the high tide washing over him. Another teenager had used a belt as a tourniquet to try to stem the bleeding from his arm.
“He was in as critical shape as you could be,” Joyce said Tuesday. The makeshift tourniquet probably saved his life, Baker said.
Baker and Joyce, along with EMT Jerry Ikalowych, responded to two separate shark attacks within about 90 minutes at Oak Island on Sunday.
In the first attack, a 12-year-old Asheboro girl, Kiersten Yow, lost her left arm below the elbow and suffered a leg injury.
Yow was in stable condition Tuesday at N.C. Children’s Hospital at the University of North Carolina, according to a statement from her parents, Brian and Laurie Yow. …
In the second attack 2 miles away, a shark bit off the left arm above the elbow of 16-year-old Hunter Treschel of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Treschel was in good condition Tuesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Martha Harlan said.
“We were just playing around in the waves, and I felt a hit on my left calf,” Treschl said in a videotaped interview released Tuesday night by the medical center.
“I thought it felt like a big fish, and I started moving away. And then the shark bit my arm — off.”
Treschl said he was able to make it onto the beach with the help of a cousin who had been in the water with him. He said one of the people who ran to his aid had a belt with him that he used as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, while others “were all helping me kind of stay calm until the ambulance got there.”
Asked if he ever saw the shark, Treschl said he first felt it hit his left leg before it hit his arm.
“That was the first time I saw it, when it was biting up my left arm,” he said.