Shark attack in California leaves swimmers with serious injuries: reports

A shark reportedly attacked a California swimmer on Wednesday, seriously injuring the man before Good Samaritans rushed to his aid.

According to video obtained by KSBW 8, the victim was pulled out of the water by nearby beachgoers, who then began administering first aid to him.

The attack occurred at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a community south of Monterey, while the man was swimming about 150 yards from the beach around 10:35 a.m., officials told KSBW 8.

“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,” Paul Bandy, one of the Good Samaritans, told the TV network. “I wasn’t sure if that was something he was trying to take away from him or just trying to draw attention to himself.”

Bandy, a police officer, and his wife, a nurse, were paddling nearby when they went to help the distressed swimmer, according to KSBW 8. The couple were in town from Sacramento County and were celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Great white shark swimming in the sea
Two Good Samaritans paddling nearby pulled the victim out of the water and administered first aid.
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City officials said the victim, identified by friends as Steve Bruemmer, suffered serious injuries to her stomach and leg, KSBW 8 reported. Brümmer is an avid swimmer, friends told the news channel.

“We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and took a personal risk to help the swimmer,” Police Grove Police said in a press release, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and her family.”

The Monterey Fire Department deployed a drone to search for the shark but came back empty handed, police said, the LA Times reported.

As a precaution, the beaches in this area will now be closed for 72 hours. Shark attack in California leaves swimmers with serious injuries: reports


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