Boogie Board Blues: EMS and lifeguards shuttle beach-goers to hospitals

From The Beach News by Alan Henney

SURF INJURY UPDATE

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Surf injury in Rehoboth. The Beach News by Alan Henney

Surf injury in Rehoboth. The Beach News by Alan Henney

A 43-year-old man who was riding a wave on a boogie board struck his head on the sand and later complained of neck and hand pain around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Cullen Street. One witness said he was found face down in the surf but EMS personnel said he never lost consciousness. He was loaded onto a backboard, placed on a stretcher, below, and taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital.

This past Tuesday, in less than a two-hour period, the Maryland State Police helicopter flew two surf-related injuries to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

A 50-year-old man was tossed in the surf, struck his head and complained of numbness and tingling mostly in his hand around 10:50 a.m. at 119th Street.

The state police helicopter landed at Northside Park and flew him to the hospital, only to return about 90 minutes later for another patient also injured in the surf.

About 10 blocks south, near the Golden Sands Condo, a 45-year-old man had complained of tingling in his hands after being removed from the surf. He too was taken to a trauma center after being loaded on the helicopter at Northside Park.

Capt. Butch Arbin said Tuesday night that Ocean City had been experiencing larger waves and this was causing shore break along with the tide.

On Sunday, a 9-year-old girl was boogie boarding when she crashed into the sand near Oak Avenue in Rehoboth Beach around 2:15 p.m. She was assisted by lifeguards and taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital. About three hours later, a 54-year-old woman injured her neck while in the surf in the Delaware Seashore State Park on the south side of the Indian River Inlet. She too was taken to Beebe Hospital by ambulance. Neither sounded life threatening.

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  • A 43-year-old man who was riding a wave on a boogie board struck his head on the sand and later complained of neck and hand pain around 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Cullen Street. One witness said he was found face down in the surf but EMS personnel said he never lost consciousness. He was loaded onto a backboard, placed on a stretcher, below, and taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital

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