From what I was told, it took about ten minutes to get to shore. There, the medics were called and it was another 15 minutes until the heli-vac arrived. From there it was another ten minutes to Twin Cites hospital in San Luis Obispo. I was rushed to the ER and had to undergo surgery to repair all of the damage. I remember waking up in the ICU a day later with tubes and bandages all over. The doctor told me that this was the worst accident that anyone has survived.
Today, I have 75% mobility of my left leg, a permanent limp, and scars to last me a lifetime. To me, I am just glad to be alive. It took me about 3 years to get back into my brother's boat.
Today, all of my friends have an increased awareness of all the dangers that can happen in the open water.