A friend passed away recently. Actually, a few friends have passed away lately, but this one was particularly saddening. He was surfing in Cape Town at a big wave spot, and he didn’t feel right. He paddled all the way in, made it to the land, but had a heart attack, and there was no one around to help him.
He was about my age, and maybe we both didn’t have the most healthy of lifestyles in our youth, but it really rattled me.
I reached out to a good friend of mine who is a surfer and an Interventional cardiologist. Yep, he made better decisions than me back in the day when we left school, but that’s another story. His official title is Dr Robin Van Lingen, MBChB, FRCP. Consultant cardiologist, and back in the day we travelled to Chile together, hunting perfect lefts and drinking pisco sours.
Legendary Mavs surfer Christy Davis suffered a heart attack at his favourite wave back in 2019.
Heart attacks, they’re becoming a thing. It seems that we are noticing them more now, mainly because we are getting older.
RVL: Yes, Andy Irons – the coroners report listed cause of death as a heart attack along with drug ingestion, at 32. Derek Ho at 55. Your friend Paul. There are also increasing numbers of middle-aged men taking up triathlons and often dying in the water during the swim segment – a dangerous place to have a heart problem, much like surfing.
There’s more to the story. For the full version go to https://magicseaweed.com/news/heart-attack-in-the-water-heres-what-to-do/12013/