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Swimmer injured in shark attack on California’s central coast


City officials said he had stomach and leg injuries.

Signs like this at Nauset Beach on Cape Cod warn beachgoers of sharks. If you see seals in the water, get out – seals are shark food. You don’t want to find yourself in danger because of mistaken identity.

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A swimmer was seriously injured in a shark attack on California’s central coast on Wednesday, police said.

The attack occurred mid-morning at Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, about 137 miles south of San Francisco, the Pacific Grove Police Department said in a statement.

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The male swimmer suffered “significant injuries from the shark bite” and was taken to hospital, police said.

City officials said he had stomach and leg injuries.

A friend, Jill Hannley, identified the swimmer as Stephen Bruemmer, a retired Monterey Penninsula College professor in his 60s. He suffered a broken femur but was awake and needed to recover, she told KION-TV.

Nearby swimmers and surfers towed the injured man to the beach on a surfboard, where other good Samaritans began first aid before he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

“I was nervous, I have to admit,” lifeguard Amee Johns told KNTV-TV. “I was very nervous because at one point I was off my paddleboard and I was swimming and kicking because the surfer was pulling it and I was pushing from behind.”

The age, sex or type of shark attacked was not immediately clear. 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.

Shark attacks in California are rare. However, Tomas Butterfield, 42, of Sacramento was killed in a shark attack in Morro Bay, central California, on Christmas Eve.

It was the only unprovoked fatal shark attack in the United States last year.


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