Shark Attacks Surfer Off Eureka Coast

Fellow surfers didn't wait for an ambulance, and put injured man in the back of a pickup truck.

 

For the second time this month a surfer has been attacked by a shark off the California coast.

 

Tuesday's attack happened just after noon in Humboldt County in an area known as Bunker Surf Spot.
 
Witnesses said several people were surfing off the North Jetty when one man started screaming for help. The injured surfer was able to get himself to shore, but he suffered serious bite wounds to his torso and was bleeding heavily, according to witnesses.
 
The Eureka Times Standard reported that the 25-year-old man was taken to St. Joseph Hospital and was listed in fair condition. 
 
A trained  EMT just happened to be on the beach and started treatment immediately. The injured man was then loaded into the back of a pickup truck, and rushed off the beach where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance.
 
"We could just see that he wad really gashed up and he had four or five serious gashes from his nipple down to his hip and was bleeding out pretty good so we hopped on him right away," an unidentified man said.
 
The victim was undergoing surgery late Tuesday afternoon.
 
Another surfer in Santa Barbara was killed by a shark last week. Francisco Solorio was also bitten in the upper torso, but did not survive. The shark in the Southern California attack was determined to be a 15-to-16-foot great white shark.
 
Solorio's death marked the first fatal shark attack in the United States this year.
 
In 2011, there were 75 attacks worldwide, with 29 U.S. attacks, according to annual records kept by the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File. Of all 2011 attacks, three were in California.
 
The worldwide figure for 2011 included 12 fatal attacks, none of which were in the United States.

Source: NBC Bay Area | Author:  Lori Preuitt

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