Local residents quickly came to Pam’s aid, helping her swim to the jetty ladder and providing assistance until medical personnel arrived.
“One of the girls took her top off and made a tourniquet, then the jetty workers who were out there came and put jackets, and they came and got towels and blankets,” he said.
“When the ambulance turned up, they said they couldn’t have done much better than what they did,” he added.
She was subsequently transported to Mount Gambier Hospital, where she is expected to remain for four or five days before continuing rehabilitation at home.
Despite the traumatic experience, Mr Cook expressed confidence in his wife’s resilience and her eventual return to the water.
“She’ll want to get back out there, it’ll take time, but she’ll get back in there.”
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