PACIFIC GROVE – A swimmer was seriously injured in a shark attack in Pacific Grove on Wednesday, police said.
The attack took place at noon in Lovers Point Beach, the Pacific Grove Police Department said in a statement. statement.
The swimmer, a man, suffered “significant injuries from the shark bite” and was taken to a hospital, police said. The identity of the victim was not immediately revealed.
Witnesses told KSBW that the victim suffered serious injuries to his torso and that the scene on the beach was chaotic. City officials said he had injuries to his stomach and leg.
A friend, Jill Hannley, identified the swimmer as Stephen Bruemmer, a retired 60-year-old Monterey Penninsula College professor. He suffered a broken femur but was awake and hoping to recover, he told KION-TV.
Nearby bathers and surfers towed the wounded man to the beach on a surfboard, where other good Samaritans began first aid before being taken by ambulance to a hospital.
“I was nervous, I have to admit,” rescuer Amee Johns told KNTV-TV. “I was very nervous because at one point I was off my paddle board and I was swimming and kicking because the surfer was pulling on him and I was pushing from behind.”
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It was not immediately clear what age, sex or type of shark they attacked. Firefighters deployed a drone to search for the shark, but there were no immediate sightings.
Police said Lovers Point Beach, at the southern end of Monterey Bay, will remain closed until Saturday.
“We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the good Samaritans who took immediate action and personal risks to help the swimmer,” the department said in a press release. “We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and his family.”
Shark attacks in California are rare. However, it was Tomas Butterfield, 42, of Sacramento killed in a shark attack in Morro Bay last Christmas Eve.
It was the only unprovoked deadly shark attack in the United States last year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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