Search is on for mystery nurse who helped save shark victim

THE HUNT is on for a mystery woman who was one of the first on the scene at last week's shark attack at Ballina's Lighthouse Beach.

Elton Cummings of Surf Life Saving at Balllina said he had been training a 16 year old for her bronze medallion at Shaws Bay when he heard the ambulance sirens.

Shark attack victim Sam Morgan is treated by paramedics and an unknown woman who was one of the first on the scene at Lighthouse Beach. Photo Contributed Elton Cumming
Shark attack victim Sam Morgan is treated by paramedics and an unknown woman who was one of the first on the scene at Lighthouse Beach. Photo Contributed Elton Cumming Contributed

"I first thought someone's had a heart attack but then I saw a police car so I headed over there," he said.

"As the paramedics wheeled the stretcher onto the beach I went and reported all the information to (the surf club) ."

When he arrived to see shark attack victim Sam Morgan lying on the sand, a young, blonde woman was in control.

"She did a fantastic job," he said.

"She said she was a qualified nurse and I think she may possibly work at Lismore Base.

"She was calm and had the whole event in order."

Mr Cummings said he has attended many dramatic events where things do not always go so smoothly.

"Often there is a lot of panic when no one is taking command," he said.

"You usually have a member of the public trying their best to support the victim and there's often a lot of blood loss."

Mr Cumming said usually when people aren't trained they don't know not to move the patient and can get into difficulty.

"When someone takes command, the whole tone of the operation gets down to 'Thank God there's someone here' and then we can work on how to transpot the victim off the beach," he said.

"This woman had a calming effect on the situation.

"When the paramedics turned up there wasn't as much to do."

Mr Cumming said she was wearing swimmers with a blue towel wrapped around her.

The Northern Star would like to get in touch with the mystery nurse, so if you recognise or know her we would love her to contact our office on 66200554.



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