Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue gets tourniquet donation

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach is better equipped to stop severe bleeding after an injury on the beach thanks to a generous donation.

Ocean Rescue Capt. Jeremy Owens says North American Rescue donated 13  Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT) for each of the town’s lifeguard stands. Owens says the tourniquets are used in the military and in the recent shark attacks on Oak Island, but he says the company made the donation before the shark attacks.

“It is just a coincidence that there was this incident,” Owens said. “But you know it just goes to show I believe a tourniquet was used on that, and it goes to show how effective tourniquets are. It can just make a major difference if we have a major hemorrhage out on the beach to be able to get those tourniquets out on someone quickly, and having them at the lifeguard stand is just unbelievable.”

Owens says there is easy training to learn how to use one, and he encourages everyone to look into it.

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