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Mailbag: Good Samaritans were at beach that day

November 08, 2011

About 1 p.m. Oct. 27, I took my 9-year-old daughter to Blackies by Newport Pier. I had surfed that morning and it was fun, so I wanted her to get a chance to surf before the tide drained out too far.

The waves were small, and I had already been out, so I stood on the beach by the water to watch her as I often do. Well, not five minutes into her session, the board pearled on a wave and shot about 10 feet in the air. She was in shallow water and couldn't take cover. I saw it come straight down and heard it hit her head. This was a longboard on a little head. I knew it must have hurt so I called her to come in.

Then I heard blood-curdling screams and realized she must have been cut. I went in the water after her to find two very deep lacerations on her forehead. There was a lot of blood, and I needed to get her to the emergency room.

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As we exited the water, I yelled for someone to please call the lifeguard. Amazingly, a women strolling the beach with her husband greeted us at the water's edge with the most amazing tissues she must have been carrying on her stroll. I am a registered nurse, and we don't even have gauze that absorbent in the hospital! I think those tissues were sent straight from God. That couple seemed to disappear as suddenly as they appeared. The tissues were a lifesaver.

Another man came running out of the water in his wetsuit, looked me in the eyes and asked what I needed him to do. He was so helpful by helping to calm my daughter, putting the board in my car and leaving a note so I wouldn't get a ticket. Another man was calling for help. The lifeguard, paramedics and EMTs were all so kind. Some of the people even put quarters in the meter for my car while my daughter and I were being loaded in the ambulance.

I am so grateful to all these wonderful people who helped me get my daughter to the hospital; it really helped me to be able to be there for her and keep her calm. They have all crossed my mind so many times and I would just like to say thank you. I don't know why my daughter had that accident that day, but it seems the people were strategically placed. She is doing well, and has her first cool surf story to tell along with the scar to prove it.

Priscilla Rouse

Huntington Beach

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