Video shows moments after shark attack that left swimmer with major injuries to stomach and leg
A new video shows a California man being dragged to safety by an off-duty cop and a local surfer, shortly after a shark attack left him with a broken femur and “severely bleeding” with stomach and arm injuries.
The attack took place at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday at Lover’s Point Beach in Pacific Grove, California, about 90 miles south of San Francisco.
New video shows fellow beachgoers rushing to help retired IT specialist and teacher Steve Bruemmer, who was bleeding profusely. He was reportedly swimming about 150 yards from the beach when he was attacked.
The footage shows Bruemmer lying on a surfboard as two swimmers paddle furiously to get him to shore.
One of the rescuers featured in the video, Heath Braddock, who taught surf lessons to children in the area, said: KSBW: “We have my biggest plank and the lord, Paul, helped me roll the victim on the stomach down and get him a bit centered and stable. We let him hold my food and we paddled him in.”
Another of the rescuers was Sacramento Police Officer Paul Bandy. Bandy told the station: “He was screaming for help, you could tell by the sound and the emotion in his voice that something was definitely wrong and he hit the water.”
He continued, “I wasn’t sure if he was trying to take anything from him or just draw attention to himself.”
Bandy was paddle boarding with his wife Aimee Johns, a nurse, for their anniversary. Johns told KSBW that when they got the victim to shore, they cut off his wetsuit and put tourniquets on his limbs and abdomen. John said he was “bleeding heavily.”
One of the rescuers, surfer Heath Braddock, said he got the victim “on the board with his stomach down and got him centered and steady a bit” and then paddled him inside next to off-duty police officer Paul Bandy.
Victim Steve Bruemmer suffered a broken femur as a result of the attack. One of his rescuers said his leg was almost ‘chopped off’ after the attack
One of Bruemmer’s friends said he had been attacked by a ‘very large shark’. Prior to this attack, there had been 12 shark attacks in the US in 2022, according to Tracking Sharks. zero have been fatal’
Victim Steve Bruemmer is a retired IT teacher from Monterey Peninsula College. He is a member of a local swimming club and regularly swims in the waters where he was attacked
According to his LinkedIn page, Bruemmer, a graduate of Notre Dame, retired from his role as an educational technology specialist in January 2021. Before that he worked as a computer programmer
Johns told NBC’s ‘Today’ Show that the couple could hear someone yell, “Help, help, help” as they splashed.
Her husband, Paul Bandy, added: “As soon as we got close to him, we could see that he had severe cuts on his arms and legs.”
Braddock told the program that when he heard Bruemmer’s cries, he “grabbed a few planks and took out two. As I got closer, I saw some sort of pool of blood. It was probably the size of a table or a car.’
When they got back to the beach, Johns said, “His leg was almost cut off.” Bandy said, “Heavily injured. All the way to the bone.’
Nurse Aimee Johns and her husband, Paul Bandy, were paddle boarding celebrating their birthday when they heard Bruemmer’s cry for help
Surfer Heath Braddock was teaching children on the beach nearby where the attack took place. Hearing the victim’s cry for help, he grabbed two surfboards and headed for the victim
One of Bruemmer’s friends, Jill Hannley, said: KION that he ‘kelp crawled’, a habit of swimming just above the vast forests of colorful seaweed in the Pacific Ocean. The victim is a member of a local swim club that swims regularly at Lover’s Point.
Hannley described her friend as being attacked by a “very large shark.” She said none of Bruemmer’s blood vessels had “entered” but that his femur was broken.
She said it will be a long recovery, but doctors expect the victim to be fine. His leg doesn’t need to be amputated, Hannley said.
Bruemmer is a retired IT specialist and lecturer at Monterey Peninsula College.
A fire service drone was deployed in an attempt to locate the shark after the attack.
Pacific Grove city manager Ben Harvey said: the Monterey Herald that the shark was spotted in the area after the attack.
During the attack, Beltran said he saw the retired IT specialist dragged underwater for 10 to 15 seconds.
He said, “I was in shock for a moment and thought, ‘Oh, that can’t be a shark.’ I thought it was two boys wrestling.’
The most common shark attacks in California are from great white or tiger sharks
According to his LinkedIn page, Bruemmer, a graduate of Notre Dame, retired from his role as an educational technology specialist in January 2021. Before that, he worked as a computer programmer.
His wife is Dr. Brita Bruemmer, the medical director of the Big Sur Health Center. The couple is married and has two daughters.
In a press release, the Pacific Grove Police Department paid tribute to those who helped save Bruemmer.
The department said: “We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and took personal risk to help the swimmer.”
As a result of the attack, Lover’s Point and the nearby beaches of Sea Palm will be closed through Saturday, June 25.
The department confirmed that the victim suffered “significant injuries from the shark bite and was transported to Natividad Hospital”. The hospital is located 37 miles from the beach in Salinas, California.
A witness, Fernando Beltran, who was cycling in an area overlooking the water, told the Herald that the attack looked like two swimmers playfully wrestling in the water.
As a result of the attack, Lover’s Point and the nearby beaches of Sea Palm will be closed until Saturday 25 June
Prior to the June 22 attack, there had been 12 shark attacks in the US in 2022, according to Sharks follow. Zero has been deadly.
On Christmas Eve 2021, Sacramento man Tomas Butterfield was killed when he was attacked by a shark while swimming in Morro Bay, 240 miles south of Pacific Grove. He as 42 years old.
There is no confirmation of which shark breed was responsible for the attack.
The most dangerous species of sharks to humans in the Pacific Ocean are the great white and tiger sharks. Great white shark attacks in the area are more common south of Pacific Grove, reports KSBW.