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Paddleboard Duo rescues swimmer attacked by white shark off California Beach

Written by Javed Iqbal

Two paddleboarders and a surfer came to the rescue of a swimmer at a beach on the Central Coast of California after hearing his panicked cries for help while being attacked by a white shark.

The swimmer noted in a statement later that he was incredibly lucky that people rushed to help him.

“He was screaming for help. You could feel the sound and the emotions in his voice that there was definitely something wrong and he hit the water,” Paul Bandy told KSBW-TV in Monterey.

Bandy, a police officer, was paddleboarding with his wife, who is a nurse, when they heard the swimmer’s screams on popular Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, just south of Monterey, on Wednesday. They were in town on vacation to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

The swimmer, Steven Bruemmer, 62, a member of a swimming club that often uses the beach, had bites in his leg and upper body.

Bandy and others pulled him ashore and sought first aid before being rushed to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.

“The shark bite was unfortunate. But after that I have … had so much luck“Bruemmer said in a statement Thursday to KION-TV in Monterey.

“The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded. There were no waves and there were no squalls. So people could hear me shout ‘Help’ from a long distance, “he added.

Bandy and his wife “knew what to do” when they came to his aid, Bruemmer said. A surfer who taught a safety class on land also jumped into the water with his board and took an extra with him to help bring Bruemmer in.

“Several spectators, including a doctor and a nurse who were on the beach for the day, helped put bandages on me and get me to the ambulance,” he said.

“I remember … I was in the ambulance and I thought, ‘My lungs are good. I can breathe.’ … It seemed really lucky that the shark got me in a place that seemed viable, ”Bruemmer added.

Despite major injuries to his leg and stomach, he is expected to recover. The doctors operated on him for two hours. DNA tests confirmed that he was attacked by one great white sharkaccording to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Doctors credited the Good Samaritans for saving his life. Dr. Nicholas Rottler told KION that Bruemmer was lucky that no bones were broken, no organs were damaged, and no major arteries were cut. There is a distinct U-ring shark bite mark around his pelvis, Rottler told KION.

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