Stand Up Paddleboarding Heroes Help Save a Surfer Attacked by a Shark Off the Northern California Coast

A pair of paddling heroes helped save a surfer in trouble amid a shark attack Wednesday off the coast of Northern California. Since then, the surfer has been hospitalized.

Police Officer Paul Bandy and his wife, a nurse, reportedly observed 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 be a water fight. they called 911.

“He was screaming for help, you could tell the sound and emotion in his voice that something was definitely wrong and he was hitting the water. He wasn’t sure if that was something he was trying to take away from her or he was just trying to draw attention to himself,” Mr. Bandy recalled to KSBW 8.

Emergency services arrived at 10:47 a.m. and pulled the surfer, who was still conscious, out of the water, according to the The Monterey Herald.

Bruemmer was later taken to the hospital with injuries to his leg and stomach, Pacific Grove City Councilman Joe Amelia told KSBW.

“They got to him quickly,” a local fire official told the Carmel Pine Cone.

The Pacific Grove Police Department said the independent could not confirm whether the man was a surfer or a swimmer, and that the extent of his injuries was unknown to the department.

The PGPD said Bruemmer, who according to KSBW 8 is a member of “a local swim club that swims in Lovers Point most days of the week,” was being treated at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California.

the independent has contacted the hospital for comment.

Authorities 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, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, most involving white sharks. As of March 2022, 15 of those incidents were fatal.

“It is important to note that while human use of beaches and ocean activities have increased considerably due to population growth and the increased popularity of surfing, swimming and diving, shark incidents have not increased proportionately. ”, says the department on its website. “This is even more apparent when you look at incidents where a person was injured.”

According to a research project, the chances of being bitten by a shark are 1 in 11.5 million. Many argue that the most dangerous part of swimming in the ocean is driving to the beach.

Nonetheless, humans kill around 100 million sharks a year, due to a combination of commercial interests and cultural fears of towering predators, often fueled by movies like jaws and sensational media coverage.

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