A pair of paddle heroes helped save a troubled surfer during a shark attack off the Northern California coast on Wednesday. The surfer has since been hospitalized.
Police Officer Paul Bandy and his wife, a nurse, reportedly stopped the surfer, who has since been identified as Steve Bruemmer, on the shore of Lover’s Point Beach in the town of Pacific Grove and saw what appeared to be a fight in the water, and they called 911 called.
“He was screaming for help, you could tell by the sound and emotion in his voice that something was definitely wrong and he hit the water. I wasn’t sure if he was trying to take something away from him or just draw attention to himself,” Mr Bandy recalled to KSBW 8.
Rescuers arrived at 10:47 a.m. and pulled the surfer, who was still conscious, out of the water Monterey Herald.
Mr Bruemmer was later taken to hospital with injuries to his leg and abdomen, Pacific Grove City Councilman Joe Amelia told KSBW.
“They got him fast,” said a local firefighter Carmel pine cones.
This was announced by the Pacific Grove Police Department The Independent It could not be confirmed if the man was a surfer or a swimmer and the department did not know the extent of his injuries.
The PGPD said Mr Bruemmer, who according to KSBW 8 is a member of a “local swim club that swims off Lovers Point most days of the week,” was treated at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California.
The Independent asked the hospital for comment.
Officials have closed the beach for the time being, cordoning off entrances with caution tape and signs warning of sharks.
The beach will be closed for 48 hours per California State Parks protocol.
People could see the shark from the beach, Pacific Grove resident Rhonda Navarro told KION.
Shark attacks of all kinds are extremely rare and rarely fatal. Since the 1950s, there have only been 202 shark incidents in California involving all shark species, most involving great white sharks, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. As of March 2022, 15 of those incidents were fatal.
“It is important to note that while human use of beaches and marine activities has increased sharply due to growing populations and greater popularity of surfing, swimming and diving, shark incidents have not increased proportionally,” the statement said Ministry website. “This becomes even clearer when you look at incidents where a person has been injured.”
According to a research project, there is a 1 in 11.5 million chance of being bitten by a shark. The most dangerous part of an ocean swim, many argue, is the drive to the beach.
Despite this, humans kill about 100 million sharks each year out of a mix of commercial interests and cultural fears of the imposing predators, often driven by films like Jaw and sensational media coverage.