This past weekend in Santa Cruz, a man is hospitalized after slamming into the rocks at Steamer Lane off the point by the Lighthouse.
Brian Hart, 53, was swept away by a breaking wave and pushed into the cliffside. Surfer’s in the lineup rushed to his aid once they realized what happened. This included Santiago Hart, 15, the injured surfers son and professional surfer Nat Young.
Out in the water the surfers used Brian’s board as a make-shift gurney, hoisting him up the cliffside.
Upon medical assistance arrival, Brian Hart did begin to lose color and Veronica called out to her CPR trained son, Santiago. He assessed the situation and began his training. Once the color returned to his face and help arrived, the family rushed to Dominican Hospital to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Brian Hart was helivac-ed.
“The whitewater annihilated him into the cliff,” Hart’s wife, Veronica, said. It was reported that Brian has a large gash on his head but no skull fractures. He also stayed conscious throughout the entire dramatic experience. Hart had multiple fractured vertebrae: “two of them, we’re keeping an eye on,” Veronica Hart said.
Before the accident, Brian Hart was in good-health so the family continues to stay positive. Hart lives in Santa Cruz and has surfed since the age of 13. This just shows you that no matter how experienced you are, it is important to surf with others just in case.
With head-high south swell at Steamer, surfers are forced to congregate more north and closer to the cliff while taking off deep. “That’s when it’s the most dangerous,” Young said. “When there’s a south swell and it’s high tide, it comes in at an angle. The Lane’s the most dangerous when it isn’t that big.”
Nat Young also made a statement that this was one of the worst accident’s he’s seen at Steamer Lane in recent times.