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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nurse Set To Stitch Up Marsh - Volvo Ocean Race Update

Despite having sustained a nasty knife wound to his wrist while cutting free the mainsail from Groupama’s broken mast, bowman Brad Marsh said he turned down the chance to leave the boat during the French crew’s pit stop in Punta del Este to avoid letting down his crew mates.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
“I'm responsible for the boat’s rigging and I didn't want to leave the guys to have to deal with that on their own,” he said. “Now I'm really pleased to have completed the leg.”

Marsh said he had known immediately that his injury was a bad one when he accidentally jammed his knife deep into his wrist soon after the mast snapped while Groupama were leading with less than 1,000 nautical miles of the finish Leg 5.

As the rest of the crew struggled to secure the broken spar and prevent any damage to the boat’s hull, boat medic Martin Krite tended to Marsh, first stemming the flow of blood before taking him below to close the wound using surgical staples.

Krite said today he had been happy with the way the medical emergency had been dealt with, despite a false start with the first two staples.

Marsh was greeted on the arrival pontoon today by his girlfriend Robin Hilton, dressed in a Groupama branded nurse’s uniform complete with stethoscope.

Volvo Ocean Race Media

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