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Monster 20ft great white shark attack ‘turned water red’ & left swimmer ‘needing 30 pints of blood’ off California coast

A MONSTER 20ft white shark left a swimmer in need of 30 pints of blood after injuring himself in a horrific attack.

Witnesses described the water turning red when Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten on Lover’s Point Beach in California.

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Brave beachgoers helped rescue Steve Bruemmer, 62, after he was bitten by the 20ft shark in CaliforniaCredit: KSBW
The dramatic rescue at Lover's Point Beach was captured on camera

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The dramatic rescue at Lover’s Point Beach was captured on cameraCredit: Facebook

He was pulled out of the water by heroic circumstances while a group of children visiting from Kansas looked on in horror.

Just 150 yards from shore, the “very big” shark jumped on Steve and tore at his leg, stomach and arms in one giant bite.

Circumstances told how his “bone was completely visible” and the ocean was stained with his blood as it came out of his wounds.

Police officer Paul Bandy and his wife Aimee Johns, who is a nurse, were paddling nearby when they heard the swimmer’s blood-curdling scream.

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He told CROWN 4: “The swimmer had a lot of bloody blood, it was everywhere. We paddled straight to him.”

The couple was joined by surf instructor, Heath Braddock, who had led an ocean excursion for a group of visiting children.

But the 20ft shark struck when the youths were “deep in the chest” in the water, forcing the coach to move the class to safety on shore before helping Steve rescue.

Heath said: “They got the full immersion, that’s for sure. They saw it all.”

The brave instructor then went back into the ocean armed with two surfboards and paddled to a wounded Steve.

He added: “He was 300 feet out. Many tourists were screaming wolf and shouting ‘shark!’ It’s rarely the case, most of the time it’s a dolphin.

“But this guy kept crying frantically. I saw the pool of blood around him, so I knew it was real.”

Paul and Amy had reached the mutilated swimmer just seconds earlier and helped drag him onto Heath’s empty surfboard.

The experienced surfer continued: “I pulled at his good arm and they picked up the other arm that had been bitten.

“His leg injury was most pronounced, his bone was fully visible. Most of the damage was to his stomach the front.”

Heath was then forced to paddle “as hard as he could” to get back to the beach while the blood spoke from Steve, holding him for his life.

The brave trio then ripped the 62-year-old’s wetsuit off of him and wrapped tourniquets on his gaping wounds to stop the bleeding.

Steve was taken to Natividad Medical Center with bites to his leg, stomach and arms as well as a broken femur.

The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I was just as lucky.

Steve Bruemmer

The forensic laboratory of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the shark was a large white.

Experts from Monterey Bay shark believe the underwater beast that attacked him was about 20ft long.

Surgeons spent two hours in the theater after Steve lost “a tremendous amount of blood,” so much so that he needed 30 pints.

He is still recovering from the hospital, but said in a statement earlier how lucky he was to be rescued.

Steve said, “The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I was just as lucky.

“The day was so calm and warm, and the beach was full. There were no waves, and there was no chop.

“So people could hear me shout ‘Help!’ from a great distance. “

Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said: “We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and personal risk to help the swimmer.”

Beaches were immediately closed by officials after the horrific attack, while warning signs for sharks were also shared.

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Reports claim that the Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark but could not find anything.

Swimmers may return to the water on Saturday.

Witnesses described the water turning red when Steve's blood flowed from his body

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Witnesses described the water turning red when Steve’s blood flowed from his bodyCredit: Fox News
The swimmer was dragged back to shore by three heroic bystanders

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The swimmer was dragged back to shore by three heroic bystandersCredit: NBC News

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