Spearfisherman’s leg mauled by great white – 24 November 2017 – Stillwater Cove, Carmel, California, US

Grigor Azatian
Grigor Azatian

Grigor Azatian, 25, was spearfishing with his father in Carmel Bay, California, when he was attacked by a great white while coming to the surface

Grigor recounts the attack: They were diving in an area near Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach, Carmel. His dad, Armen had no luck, but Grigor speared two nice-sized lingcod and a cabezon, then directed his dad to his fishing spot.

While his dad went off in search of prey, he took photos with an underwater camera, then dove in again with his spear. It was then he saw the great white – and the shark saw him and appeared to swim away.

He surfaced to warn his father of the shark, and while he scanned the water waiting for his dad to surface, the shark returned from behind and attacked.

The shake bit into his thigh and lower leg.

“The shark grabbed him and didn’t let him go, and took at least two bites,” said his father.

“It was horrifying; his muscles were torn apart.

He’s quoted as saying: “I didn’t have that luxury to panic, to scream and be emotional,” he said. “I had to concentrate and do everything possible to help my son.”

“He tried to fight with the shark. I don’t think he could do much, maybe pushing, moving his legs.”  He punched the shark’s face and kicked. He managed to free himself, screaming, then swam about 20 yards to the dinghy. His father surfaced about 30 yards away and reached the boat shortly after.

Lying with his mangled leg in the boat, Grigor asked that his constricting wetsuit be cut open.

“He was very calm,” he father said. He wrapped a tourniquet around his son’s leg.

“I was just trying to keep calm to help him somehow.”

The motored the dingy to the pier at Pebble Beach and shouted to a fisherman to call 911. He was taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas. He underwent a 2-hour surgery and then a follow up surgery two days later which was successful.


Sources:

Mercury News

CBS News

Huffington Post

Shark bites kayaker’s ski – FRIGHTENED – 11 July 2017 – Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, US

Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California
Steve Lawson points out where the Great White shark bit his ski off Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, California

Steve Lawson was kayaking outside the kelp beds at the Steamer Lane surf spot in Santa Cruz when a great white bit the front of his ski and knocked him into the water.

The incident happened just before 11am on Tuesday 11 July 2017.

He told the press he used his marine radio to call for a rescue from the Harbor Patrol, but he had to tread water for a few minutes.

“It felt like I hit a rock. I looked in front of me and there was a shark biting the front of my boat. When it let go it knocked me sideways and I fell out.

“I spent a little time in the water swimming around. I panicked, everyone panics. There’s a shark in the water, but he didn’t come back. He wasn’t interested in me,” he told NBC Bay Area.

According to some reports he had tried to get back into his kayak but couldn’t.

The Harbour Patrol showed up and pulled him out of the water.

The bottom of the kayak showed shallow cracks and damage from the shark’s bite.

“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley was quoted as saying.

Sources:

Pressdemocrat

San Francisco CBS

NBC Bay Area

INJURED – 30 October 2012 – North Jetty, Humboldt , Eureka, California, USA – surfer bitten

Scott Stevens’ board showing the chunk bitten out of it by a shark. Stevens suffered lacerations to his left torso.

Scott Stevens, 25, suffered serious wounds to his left torso from a shark bite while he was surfing at North Jetty, Humboldt, Eureka, California, United States. The shark is thought to be a great white.

The incident occured on Tuesday 30 October 2012.

He said he was catching waves about 150 metres from fellow surfers at Bunkers, a popular surf spot near Humboldt Bay.

The shark dragged him under the water and shook him around a bit. Stevens then punched the shark several times in the head, which made it release its grip and swim away. He managed to retrieve his board and paddle back to shore, where other surfers helped stem the bleeding and wave down a truck which took him to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stitch the wounds.

Stevens told the Lost Coast Outpost in a podcast interview:

“I went in the water for a surf about 10am. I had just caught a wave and was paddling back out when the shark came out of nowhere. It grabbed my torso from behind and dragged me underwater and shook me a couple of times.

“I opened my eyes underwater and saw the shark grabbing onto me. I punched it a couple of times in the head and it released me and swam off.

“I recovered my board (the shark had severed the leash)  and managed to paddle to shore on my own.”

Scott Stevens shows where he was bitten by a shark.

He was shouting for help.

“The support of other surfers was amazing. They waved down a truck which took me to hospital. And they put pressure on the wound the whole time to stop bleeding.” One of the surfers actually lay across his torso to put pressure on the wound and stem the bleeding.

He told the Times Standard that when he opened his eyes under water he saw a lot of blood.

“When I reached the beach, I realised how injured I was and how much blood I was losing.”

“I was in shock. I really didn’t feel much, didn’t feel too much pain, until I woke up this morning,” he said.

He said from the time of attack to ER it took about 20 minutes – “An amazing response which helped a lot.”

”Those guys are heroes,” he said.

He said he received lacerations from the top of hip to his upper chest. The surgeon who stitched up the wounds said there were seven to eight deep lacerations, but fortunately the shark did not open the chest cavity and damage any internal organs.

“At the moment it happened I was truly scared for my life. I didn’t know if I was going to make it or not.

“Now I am a little bummed that my surfboard is damaged,” he said from his hospital bed at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California.

Sources:
Lost Coast Outpost – podcast interview
Times Standard
Digital Journal

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Times Standard
Businesswire

FATAL – 23 October 2012 — Surf Beach, Lompoc, California, USA – surfer attacked

Francisco Javier Solario’s board – with the shark bite mark.
Vandenberg Air Force Base security forces block the entrance to Surf Beach at Vandenberg Air Force Base following a fatal shark attack on a surfer at the beach on 23 October 2012.

Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, was killed by a shark while surfing at Surf Beach, Lompoc, Santa Barbara County, California, about 240km north of Los Angeles.

He was bitten on his upper torso.

According to press reports a fellow surfer pulled him to shore and tried to resuscitate him, but when paramedics arrived on the scene they pronounced him dead.

The beach is located near Vandenberg Air Force Base, the site of a fatal shark attack in 2010.

The type of shark involved and other details were not immediately available.
UPDATE:

The shark is believed to be a 15-16 foot great white.

Sources:

CBC News
BBC News

ABC News
Huff Post

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CBC News
SFGate

SCARED — 6 May 2012 — Catalina Island, California, US — SUP boarder bitten

Santa Catalina Island

A brief press report says a 15-year-old girl was Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boarding with friends about 200 metres offshore of Catalina Island off the coast of California, United States, when a shark bit her board several times. She was not injured.

The incident happened on Sunday 6 May 2012.

No other details were reported.

Source:
San Francisco Gate

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Robinson Library