Shark reportedly bites surfer off Southern California coast


In this Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, image taken from video released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a man, wearing a full-body wetsuit, is hoisted up from a boat into a helicopter near Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands in Southern California. A shark reportedly bit the surfer Saturday afternoon in a “truly terrifying situation,” the Coast Guard said. The 37-year-old man had been surfing near Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands, during the attack, according to a news release. (U.S. Coast Guard Los Angeles via AP)

SANTA ROSA ISLAND, CA (AP) – The Coast Guard says a shark reportedly bit a surfer off the coast of Southern California.

The 37-year-old man is in stable condition after the attack near Santa Rosa Island on Saturday afternoon.

A friend aboard a nearby boat applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg and called the Coast Guard for help.

A helicopter crew flew the surfer to the Santa Barbara airport for treatment. Coast Guard video footage shows the man, wearing a full-body wetsuit, being hoisted up from the boat into the helicopter. 

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