Sailors save stabbing victim’s life using sweater as a tourniquet
By Peter Mallett, Lookout Staff Writer
Four Royal Canadian Navy sailors saved the life of a civilian on the evening of March 17.
After bowling at the Langford Bowling Lanes, Ordinary Seaman Hubert Desbiens and Leading Seaman Alexandre Bujold-Foisy left the building for the parking lot, followed a few minutes later by Ordinary Seaman Christopher Hachez and Ordinary Seaman Frederic Lapointe.
There the sailors encountered two men in a fight. According to Westshore RCMP, it was the result of an argument that turned violent, with one man allegedly stabbing the other.
The victim’s wounds were severe and life threatening.
OS Desbiens and OS Hachez rushed to the man and started first aid. One sailor took off his sweater and wrapped it around the victim’s arm as a tourniquet. Together they put the man into the recovery position to ensure he could breathe.
“The victim kind of passed out for like five seconds, and I thought: We need to do something more, there’s something else going on,’” said OS Desbiens.
The two sailors did a full review of the victim’s body, looking for more wounds. They discovered another one in the man’s chest.
“Once we figured out he had more wounds than what we expected we started taking off our clothes and using them as bandages,” said OS Hachez. “We were always talking to him to keep him awake, and kept pressure on his wounds.”
As the two sailors were doing first aid, LS Bujold-Foisy ran back to Langford Lanes to get the cashier to call 911, and OS Lapointe stood by the victim as a measure of protection until the police and ambulance were on scene.
Constable Matt Baker of the Westshore RCMP said the sailors’ trust in each other, and their military and first aid training, helped the victim and the situation that night.
“A couple times it was touch and go; without their quick thinking, without their communication and their skill, there’s a very good chance that man could have died,” he said. “So we want to say thank you to them.”
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