Monster 20ft great white shark attack ‘turned water red’ & left swimmer ‘needing 30 pints of blood’ off California coast | The Sun
A MONSTER 20ft great white shark left a swimmer needing 30 pints of blood after mauling him in a horrific attack.
Witnesses described the water turning red as Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten at Lover's Point Beach in California.
He was hauled out of the water by hero bystanders while a group of children visiting from Kansas watched on in horror.
Just 150 yards from shore, the "very large" shark pounced on Steve and tore into his leg, stomach and arms in one giant bite.
Onlookers told how his "bone was fully showing" and the ocean became stained with his blood as it gushed from his wounds.
Police officer Paul Bandy and his wife Aimee Johns, who's a nurse, were paddle boarding nearby when they heard the swimmer's bloodcurdling screams.
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He told KRON 4: "The swimmer was hemorrhaging a lot of blood, it was all around. We immediately paddled to him."
The couple were joined by surf instructor, Heath Braddock, who had been leading an ocean excursion for a group of visiting kids.
But the 20ft shark struck as the youngsters were "chest-deep" in the water, forcing the coach to move the class to safety on shore before helping rescue Steve.
Heath said: "They got the full immersion, that’s for sure. They saw it all."
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The courageous instructor then headed back into the ocean armed with two surfboards and paddled towards an injured Steve.
He added: "He was 300 feet out. A lot of tourists cry wolf and cry out ‘shark!’ It’s rarely the case. It’s usually a dolphin.
"But this guy continued to scream frantically. I saw the pool of blood around him so I knew it was real."
Paul and Amy had reached the mutilated swimmer just seconds before and helped drag him onto Heath's empty surfboard.
The experienced surfer continued: "I pulled on his good arm and they lifted the other arm that had been bitten.
"His leg wound was the most pronounced, his bone was fully showing. Most of the damage was on his stomach the front side."
Heath was then forced to "paddle as hard as he could" to get back to the beach while blood spouted from Steve, who clung on for his life.
The valiant trio then tore the 62-year-old's wetsuit from him and wrapped tourniquets on his gaping wounds to stem the bleeding.
Steve was rushed to Natividad Medical Center with bites to his leg, stomach and arms as well as a broken femur.
The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I have just had so much good luck.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s forensics lab confirmed that the shark was a great white.
Monterey Bay shark experts believe the underwater beast which attacked him was around 20ft long.
Surgeons spent two hours in theatre after Steve lost "a tremendous amount of blood", so much so he needed 30 pints.
He is still recovering from hospital but said in a statement earlier how fortunate he was to be saved.
Steve said: "The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I have just had so much good luck.
"The day was so calm and warm, and the beach was crowded. There were no waves, and there was no chop.
"So people could hear me yelling 'Help!' from a great distance."
Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said: "We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans that took immediate action and personal risk to assist the swimmer."
Beaches were immediately closed by officials following the terrifying attack, while shark warning signs were also shared.
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Reports claim the Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark but couldn't find anything.
Swimmers are set to be allowed back in the water on Saturday.
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