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PostSubject: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 12:53 pm

So as a few of you know I took a bit of knock on Saturday on the roughty, I ended up capsizing and I ended up walloping my head off a rock (quiet hard) this resulted in me swimming, I got to the bank quick enough and I realised that I could not lift my head, quiet worrying , I thought I might have done some serious damage to my back and neck! The group of paddlers I was with took all the right measures and called an ambulance, citcc captain then stayed with me holding my head making sure that it didn't move until the paramedics arrived! It took the paramedics over an hour to get me from the river bank to the ambulance! I was put on a spinal board and had a neck brace on! Had a lovely view on the sky and clouds! The paramedics had to cut my gear off me to do some checks. I was then taken to Kerry general hospital where I was brought to A and E . so after a bit of a wait (not to long thankfully) the doctor examined my back and neck and sent me for x rays . I was then told that I had a muscular injury quiet similar  to  whiplash!
The doctor did say that if I wasn't wearing a helmet that I would probably not be around or worse ! I was released and brought home! The reason I am posting this is to stress to spend your money on equipment that matters which is your buoyancy aid and helmet ! I was wearing the best helmet on the Market only a few months old ! another reason is to think of your paddling buddies or your instructor , you don't want them to have to call your parents or next of kin saying that you are being brought to hospital because you can't move you neck because you hit your head so imagine if you were wearing a Shite centre helmet ( which are fine for use at the club ) you don't want your buddy to have to inform your parents of a worse situation! I think I have said enough !! here is the helmet
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PostSubject: Re: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 1:07 pm

I also want to thank Darragh and Micheal for rescuing my boat the following day (and whoever else was with them )
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PostSubject: Re: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 1:15 pm

Thats a pretty nasty bang.
You go through helmets like I go through boats.
Its been an interesting few weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 1:17 pm

True that !
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PostSubject: Re: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 7:30 pm

Sounds like a close call Eoin. Delighted that you are in good shape to tell the tale - hope Santa brings you a new helmet.
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PostSubject: Re: The Importance of a good helmet !   Tue 24 Dec 2013, 8:15 pm

Thanks Mari , I hope so too Smile
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