Marc F. Romano

On a boat nearby, 26-year-old deckhand Marc F. Romano, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, immediately jumped into the Pacific Ocean after hearing a swimmer screaming for help off the coast of Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Jan. 2. As Romano, swimming with a foam floaty, approached the woman, 68-year-old Jeri L. Douglas, he noticed a cloud of blood surrounding her. She shouted that she had been bitten by a shark. Romano instructed the woman to hold to one end of the floaty and towed her to a responding boat. At the beach, Romano and others carried the woman to arriving paramedics, who applied a tourniquet to stanch the bleeding from her leg. Douglas suffered bite wounds to her calf, a broken leg bone, and wounds to her ankle and toe, and continues to recover.

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