Woman stitches husband's head wound as yacht founders in storm
WELLINGTON, N.Z. (AP) - A woman said Thursday she stitched a gaping wound in her husband's head
without anesthetic after their yacht was wrecked by a storm in the South Pacific
Lisa Blackwood said husband Gary's wound ran from his forehead to the back of his skull and she used all the sterile sutures in board their yacht putting in 23 stitches to stanch the blood flowing from the gash.
"My mum would be proud because I don't even knit or sew," Blackwood, 35, told the New Zealand Press Association.
She also had no medical
or first aid experience.
While stitching her husband's wound must have been painful, "he was probably in a bit of shock anyway so he might have not felt it...there was no anesthetic, no nothing," she said.
The pair had set out in their yacht Scot Free to sail from New Zealand to Fiji, only to be caught in gales and huge seas about 250 kilometres from their destination
- on the first leg of a round-the-world adventure.
their storm sail, the engine
room flooded and their radio batteries
nearly went flat before an emergency
beacon alerted New Zealand's Rescue Co-ordination Centre to their plight.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion surveillance airplane found the stricken yacht and a nearby freighter, the Capitaine Wallis, picked up the pair early Wednesday morning.
Blackwood said they were worried the condition of Gary, 52, might deteriorate because of the cut in his head, putting both their lives in serious jeopardy.
"I had all the faith in the boat
and in Gary. The only thing was with Gary's cut I wouldn't know what to do if he got sick," she said.
She said it was the right decision to abandon the Scot Free, even though it was uninsured and means they will have to start again on their dream to sail around the world.
"It was our home," Blackwood said as she struggled to hold back tears.
The couple arrived Thursday in the northern New Zealand port Auckland
on the Capitaine Wallis.