California shark attack leaves swimmer seriously injured: reports


A shark attacked a California swimmer on Wednesday, seriously injuring the man before good Samaritans rushed to his rescue, according to reports.

The victim was pulled from the water by nearby swimmers who then began administering first aid, according to video obtained by KSBW 8.

The attack happened at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a community south of Monterey, as 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 the emotion in his voice that there was something seriously wrong and he was hitting the water,” said Paul Bandy, l ‘one of the good Samaritans, on the television channel. “I didn’t know if it was some kind of thing he was trying to push away from him or just draw attention to himself.”

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

Two Good Samaritans paddleboarding nearby pulled the victim out of the water and administered first aid.
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City officials said the victim, identified as Steve Bruemmer by friends, suffered serious stomach and leg injuries, KSBW 8 reported. Bruemmer is an avid swimmer, friends told the information station.

“We want to express our appreciation and appreciation to the good Samaritans who took immediate action and took personal risk to help the swimmer,” Police Grove police said in a news release, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and his family.”

The Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark, but it turned up empty, police said, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Beaches will now be closed for 72 hours in this area as a precaution.

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