BODEGA BAY (KPIX) – A surfer bitten by a shark on Sunday morning in the waters near Bodega Bay was seriously injured but his condition is stable, authorities said.
The man was attacked shortly after 9 a.m. in waves off the beach at North Salmon Creek. There were several surfers in the water, including Jared Davis who was paddling with his friend Eric.
It was then that a swell rose between Davis and a man floating beside him.
“When he came back into view I saw the dorsal fin of the shark, then I saw the caudal fin of the shark descend into the water,” Davis said. “It certainly wasn’t a quick attack. It was nice and slow.
The surfer, a man in his 30s, was yelling “shark” and “help” and Davis started paddling with him.
“He kind of caught up to me and I saw his leg. He looked like he had a red stripe on his suit which is pretty common but it was actually blood, ”Davis said.
Among the crews that responded were California Highway Patrol air operations, which said they were transporting the victim with a severe leg bite to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
The surfboard provided the most shocking evidence – a wide arc of tooth marks, indicating the size of the shark. When paramedics Jonathon Bauer and Tim Saluzzo arrived at the scene, they wondered if the report was even real.
“I asked the patient, ‘Have you had a chance to see him? “And he was lucky enough to see it and it’s a pretty big shark that bit him,” Bauer said. “He actually said he struggled with that as well. “
The injured man sustained a serious injury to his leg, including arterial damage. Other surfers applied a tourniquet made from surfboard leashes and carried it on a board to the parking lot where it was airlifted to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
After the attack, the park district closed the area to the public for a length of three kilometers, patrolling the beach to prevent visitors from swimming.
The beaches of North and South Salmon are located along Route 1 and are a popular local surfing destination.
Although shark attacks are not common, there was an attack on the same beach in May 2019.
Local surfer Katie Wilson was paddling to catch her first wave when she suddenly found herself in a life and death fight with a tall white.
She was 100 yards off the beach in North Salmon Creek and the shark grabbed its surfboard leash in its mouth, gave it a yank and started to struggle.
His ordeal was over in seconds. The shark cut the leash with its teeth and the board was dropped. Wilson came out shaken but unscathed.
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