Three physicians on the Mediterranean Island of Malta are calling or the use of boat propeller guards. Their paper in the Malta Medical Journal covers the accident and recovery of a propeller accident victim there.
The 44 year old man was scuba diving off Malta. As he was surfacing, strong currents pushed him into the propeller of the boat he dove from. The propeller was turning, but not at maximum speed. His friends got him back on the boat, and they sped back toward shore. Luckily, one of the dive team members was a cardiac surgeon who sprang into action administering first aid, and covering the victim’s chest wound with a towel.
The report addresses propeller accident statistics in the U.S. and Canada, since no similar statics exists for boat prop accidents in Malta.
Much of the article focuses on medical procedures used to address the victim’s very serious chest wounds (one of his lungs is wide open in the photos).
Case Report: Chest Wall Reconstruction Following a Speedboat Propeller Injury.
D. Sladen, A. Chasha, and A. Manche.
Malta Medical Journal.
Vol.26. No.2. (2014). Read More→