Dusty Payne on Horror Wipeout: "Thanks to the Angels that Saved My Life"

Jason Lock

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Updated 105d ago

About a month ago, Dusty Payne suffered a near-fatal wipeout at Backdoor. It wasn't the biggest, wasn't the gnarliest looking it's been but those days are the ones that'll catch you off guard.

After Dusty hit the reef, he spent a good minute 20 seconds under water while the North Shore lifeguards scrambled to rescue him. Once ashore, CPR was administered and Dusty was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He's had a solid stint in the ICU and this is the first time he's spoken out about the incident. Taking to Instagram, Dusty pays tribute to the fact he's alive and calls for people to donate to the lifeguards that saved his life.

It’s hard to even start this and put it all into words..Let me start by expressing my deepest gratitude and thanks to @photokeoki , @uluboi , @_mikey_redd, @tai_vandyke and @northshorelifeguardassociation for saving my life... without these God sent angels, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this today. I am overwhelmed, humbled and so grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, support, cards, and messages that have been sent from all over the world. All of the positive support from everyones messages has helped me get better everyday...I’m so grateful to be alive and finally back home on Maui to continue my healing and start rehabbing... ————————————————— This has been a surreal and life altering experience for me. I don’t remember the day of the accident or really any of the 2-1/2 weeks in ICU.. My head is still pretty scrambled, but I know I’m blessed to be here and just need time to heal. I know things could’ve turned out way different without the help that came to me as quickly as it did. I’m thankful for the ICU doctors and nurses at Queens and the surgeons who put me back together. Especially grateful for my family for being with me every step of the way. ———————————————— A lot of people have asked me how they can help/what they can do... my family and I have created a Go Fund Me account (link is in my bio) to which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting the @northshorelifeguardassociation. More funds are needed for these guys to be able to offer more training in proper CPR, water extraction and first aid. These heroes put their lives at risk everyday for the publics safety, and unfortunately they don’t really get the support and recognition they deserve. ———————————————— Thank you again to everyone who played a role in saving my life. I can’t wait to get back in the water and back to doing what I love

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The post reads: “It’s hard to even start this and put it all into words..Let me start by expressing my deepest gratitude and thanks to @photokeoki, @uluboi , @_mikey_redd, @tai_vandyke and @northshorelifeguardassociation for saving my life. Without these God sent angels, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this today. I am overwhelmed, humbled and so grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers, support, cards, and messages that have been sent from all over the world. All of the positive support from everyones messages has helped me get better everyday...I’m so grateful to be alive and finally back home on Maui to continue my healing and start rehabbing...
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“This has been a surreal and life altering experience for me. I don’t remember the day of the accident or really any of the 2-1/2 weeks in ICU.. My head is still pretty scrambled, but I know I’m blessed to be here and just need time to heal. I know things could’ve turned out way different without the help that came to me as quickly as it did. I’m thankful for the ICU doctors and nurses at Queens and the surgeons who put me back together. Especially grateful for my family for being with me every step of the way.
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“A lot of people have asked me how they can help/what they can do... my family and I have created a Go Fund Me account (link is in my bio) to which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to supporting the @northshorelifeguardassociation. More funds are needed for these guys to be able to offer more training in proper CPR, water extraction and first aid. These heroes put their lives at risk everyday for the publics safety, and unfortunately they don’t really get the support and recognition they deserve.
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“Thank you again to everyone who played a role in saving my life. I can’t wait to get back in the water and back to doing what I love.”

The consummate professional. Here's hoping Dusty's back in the water soon.