California surfer survives great white shark attack, The 50-year-old man was set upon by the fearsome beast while he was surfing at Montaña de Oro State Park in California – approximately 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles – yesterday.
The great white shark had pulled Swanson off his surfboard and dragged him under water. The 50-year-old reportedly resurfaced after several seconds and shouted “Shark!” He then used the leash from his board to create a tourniquet around his leg, while he paddled to the shore, The Associated Press (AP) reported. A doctor, who happened to be walking on the beach, gave Swanson first aid and said that his arteries were not affected by the attack. Swanson was later transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
“He was full of adrenaline. He peddled so fast out of there,” Andrew Walsh, who was surfing along with Swanson, said, according to AP.
The beach will be kept open for public, but signs, warning people of the attack, will be put up for three days, Supervising State Park Ranger Robert Colligan, reportedly said.
“He’s a real strong-headed guy that’s a smart, educated man,” Mike Jones, who shot a video with Walsh on the shark attack, said, referring to Swanson. “He surfs probably more than everybody around here.”
Jones also reportedly said that he has been in constant touch with Swanson through text messages and that the surfer cannot wait to get back into water. “He says he’ll be out in the water in no time,” Jones said.