Joe Tanner started surfing from the University of Portland (Oregon, USA) in 2006. He identified himself as a pretty good surfer when easily balancing on the board before the big waves.
On sunny Sunday, Joe Tanner plans to go surfing with friends on the Oregon coast. But the friend could not come, he decided to go alone, spend the morning surfing and resting in the afternoon.
Around 4 pm, Tanner and some other surfers on the beach went back into the water. While swimming on the board to prepare for a wave, he felt something grab his leg, trying to pull him off the board.
Tanner’s first reaction was doubt. When he opened his eyes, the shark was like a giant wall right in front of him with the head on the left and the tail on the right. His right leg is in the shark’s mouth.
Tanner thought he was sure to die. But in the moment of his life and death, he remembered if a shark was attacked by a shark, punch his nose or eyes.
Miraculously, the shark released Tanner. He immediately climbed onto the board and shouted to get everyone out of the water. Tanner was about 180 meters away from the shore now, but there were others nearby, so he tried to get back to shore. Meanwhile, he was afraid the shark would follow the smell of blood from his injured leg.
When Tanner got ashore, everyone called for help. He said he had asked people to use the leather straps from the plank to tie the garo to stop the bleeding on his right leg. Up to six people could lift Tanner on the surfboard to the car park.
Here, he asked them to remove the top of the surfing suit they are wearing, so that emergency personnel can easily take the necessary measures. He also quickly said his blood type. Shortly thereafter, the police and a helicopter arrived and took Tanner to the medical center.
Marine biologists call Tanner’s escape an extraordinary thing. He did everything right from punching the sensitive part of the shark to first aid instructions before the medical forces arrived. Joe Tanner knows how to give first aid in part because he works as a nurse at Legacy Emanuel Portland Medical Center.
Dr. Matthew Levy, professor of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical University in Baltimore, said: “It is clear that he was extremely lucky and extremely calm in the face of this emergency.”
This is like a lifebuoy for you. Dr. Levy also judged Tanner’s actions to be wise, as serious blood loss was the leading cause of death within 24 hours of injury.