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Old 12-28-05, 03:45 AM   #1
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Mates treat snake-bite cyclist with inner tube

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/...732625083.html

Quick-thinking friends of a Melbourne cyclist, who was bitten by a snake when he came off his bike, wrapped their mate's wound in an inner tube from his mountain bike.

The man, aged in his 20s, is recovering in hospital after his two friends treated the wound by wrapping it in the tube, winning praise from ambulance paramedics.

Ambulance spokeswoman Liana Cross said the man was riding today with friends along the Yarra River at Viewbank, in Melbourne's north, when he came off his bike and landed on the snake, believed to be either a venomous brown snake or tiger snake.

"He was very lucky, his friends did an excellent job," Ms Cross said.

"It was textbook stuff, they did everything right."

The snake bit the man on the shin, which his friends wrapped in the bike tube and some clothing.

One friend waited with him while the other rode to an area with mobile phone reception to call an ambulance, Ms Cross said.

He was taken to the Austin Hospital.
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Old 12-28-05, 05:02 AM   #2
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Wow, that is amazing. I have to admit, when I read the title of the thread, I thought it was about a guy getting a pinch flat.
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Old 12-28-05, 10:42 AM   #3
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Usually tubes get snake bites and the cyclist fixes it. Here, its the cyclist who gets a snake bite and the tube fixes it.
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Wow, that is amazing. I have to admit, when I read the title of the thread, I thought it was about a guy getting a pinch flat.
I though it was going to be new version of an old joke about finding out who a man's real friends are.
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Old 12-28-05, 01:13 PM   #5
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You guys have some nasty snakes down there.
We can be foolish up here in frozen dairy land, there be nae biting nasties.
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You guys have some nasty snakes down there.
We can be foolish up here in frozen dairy land, there be nae biting nasties.
Au has 3 (or is it 4) of the top 10 most venomous snakes. 2 of those in the top 10 are the 2 most venomous snakes common brown number 2 and fearce(sp) is number one. Another of the top 10 au has is the black snake (if i recall correctly) not to be confused with the black snake in the us that is non venomous. And no im by no means a snake expert i just watch the croc hunter alot heh.
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When I glanced at the headline, I thought about the obsolete 1950s advice of applying a tourniquet for snakebite, which all too often leads to gangrene and eventual amputation. These chaps evidently applied enough pressure to slow the bleeding, without cutting off circulation to the foot. Good show!
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I too would figure cutting off blood supply totally resulting in permanent tissue damage to lower extremity! Damn fine job! All we have to worry about where I am from is rattlesnakes (several species); copperheads; and at times moccasins in the eastern part of the state which are real nasty; and coral snakes.

I like cold weather to keep the crawly devil pets at rest!
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