The crash victim was admitted to Rarotonga Hospital in critical condition and is expected to be flown to New Zealand today for further treatment.
According to eyewitnesses, a doctor at the scene attended to the victim, who was unresponsive and not breathing.
Volunteers from Puaikura Fire Station were passing by the scene and came to the rescue after performing CPR on the teenager to bring him back to life.
Wayne Sheard, one of the volunteers, told Cook Islands News that they thought they had lost the teenager after the doctor was unable to feel any pulse.
“The doctor could not find the pulse so we performed the CPR for about 15 to 20 minutes before he started breathing again. We were preparing to use the defibrillator when he started breathing,” Sheard said.
Police spokesperson Trevor Pitt confirmed the 18-year-old hit a dog on the main road at Panama, causing the accident.
Sheard said according to eyewitnesses, the teenager was trying to avoid a dog crossing the road when he lost control of the motorbike he was riding on.
“He landed heavily, face first on the road. There was a quite bit of blood coming off his face.”
Roaming dogs have long posed a risk to motorists and have been the cause of numerous accidents involving locals and visitors.
Sheard said two of the volunteers were returning from a training exercise onboard the Royal NZ Navy patrol vessel when they saw the accident.
He said luckily the volunteers have had training to respond to road accidents such as the one on Saturday.
“We are waiting confirmation from the hospital to come onboard and assist them in cases like this. We received training as first respondents to perform CPR and the use of a defibrillator while waiting for ambulance and paramedics to arrive at the scene.”
Sheard also said the volunteers who attended the accident and assisted in performing the CPR will undergo a special debriefing today.
“The debriefing is to ensure the volunteers are not affected psychologically by the accident.”