UPDATE: Rusty Long San Clemente Big Wave Surfer Recovering from Burns to be Released from Hospital

VIA – SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


Rusty Long catches one of the best waves of the day at Mavericks in February 2010. Photo by Jason Murray/photomurray.com

Read more: San Clemente Times – UPDATE Rusty Long San Clemente Big Wave Surfer Recovering from Burns to be Released from Hospital

UPDATE: Rusty Long San Clemente Big Wave Surfer Recovering from Burns to be Released from Hospital

Updated August 13, 2011

According to Greg Long – brother of fellow big wave surfer Rusty Long who has been recovering from burns suffered during a July 24 accident – Rusty is being released from the hospital today.

During his acceptance speech for the Waterman of the Year Award at the 22nd Annual SIMA Waterman’s Ball on August 12, Greg thanked the surf community – on behalf of Rusty and the entire Long family – for all the support and well wishes Rusty received during his stay in the hospital.

“Rusty sends his regards and wants to thank all of you for all the love and support you’ve shown him, as do I, as does our entire family.” said Greg. “He’s been recovering, so well in fact, that he’ll be released from the hospital tomorrow – three weeks earlier than planned.”

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San Clemente Big Wave Pro Surfer Rusty Long Recovering from Burns

By Andrea Swayne

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUGUST, 4, 2011

Updated August 9, 2011

On July 24 San Clemente-based big wave surfer Rusty Long suffered 2nd degree burns over approximately 40 percent of his body while clearing debris on property he owns in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.

Rusty is in stable condition in the University of California San Diego Burn Center Intensive Care Unit and has already received a second round of skin grafts on his wounds.

Long and his neighbor were setting a controlled burn to clear a pile of brush and construction debris that had become occupied by a swarm of aggressive bees and scorpions when the flames flared up, causing Long’s burns, said Rusty’s father Steve Long.

“They had been waiting for the appropriate weather conditions to light the pile on fire—calm, no wind, with a forecast of rain showers overnight which would douse the coals. Gasoline was poured on the debris pile prior to lighting and the doctors speculate that gasoline vapors mixed with the sweat on Rusty’s body and vapors were also present in the heavy humidity and air surrounding the debris pile,” said Steve. “The fire jumped to Rusty after it was ignited. The wind began gusting at the moment the fire was ignited and Rusty was too close to the pile.”

Rusty’s friend Mathew Gonzales—also of San Clemente—rushed him to the Red Cross station. From there he was transported to the local hospital by ambulance.

“He was given excellent urgent care [at the local hospital]. The attending physician recommended Rusty be air lifted to either Mexico City or the United States for advanced care,” said Steve. “We arranged a jet ambulance to fly Rusty and his girlfriend Kelly Cox to San Diego the morning after the accident.”

The burns mainly affected the right side of his body and his right arm. Rusty’s face was not burned.

Steve, his mom Jan, sister Heather, girlfriend Kelly and brother Greg—fellow professional big wave surfer—have been taking turns at his bedside since his arrival at the UCSD Burn Center

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