Monster 20ft great white shark attacks ‘water red’ off California coast, leaving swimmer ‘need 30 pints of blood’

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 when Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten at Lover’s Point Beach in California.

Brave beachgoers helped rescue Steve Bruemmer, 62, after he was bitten by a 20ft shark in California


Brave beachgoers helped rescue Steve Bruemmer, 62, after he was bitten by a 20ft shark in CaliforniaPhoto credit: KSBW
The dramatic rescue at Lover's Point Beach was caught on camera


The dramatic rescue at Lover’s Point Beach was caught on cameraCredit: Facebook

He was pulled out of the water by heroic onlookers while a group of children hailing from Kansas looked on in horror.

Just 150 meters from shore, the “very large” shark pounced on Steve, tearing through his leg, abdomen and arms with a huge bite.

Viewers recounted how his “bone was fully visible” and the ocean was stained with his blood as it gushed from his wounds.

Police officer Paul Bandy and his wife Aimee Johns, a nurse, were paddling nearby when they heard the swimmer’s bloodthirsty screams.

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He told KRON 4: “The swimmer bled a lot of blood, it was everywhere. We paddled to him straight away.”

The pair were joined by surf instructor Heath Braddock, who had led an ocean excursion for a group of visiting children.

But the 20-foot shark struck when the youngsters were “chest deep” in the water, forcing the trainer to get the class to safety on shore before helping to rescue Steve.

Heath said: “They got full immersion, that’s for sure. You have seen everything.”

The brave instructor then went back into the sea armed with two surfboards and paddled towards an injured Steve.

He added: “He was 300 feet out. Many tourists cry wolf and shout ‘Hai!’ This is rarely the case, most often it is a dolphin.

“But this guy kept screaming in desperation. I saw the pool of blood all around him, so I knew it was real.”

Paul and Amy had reached the mangled swimmer just seconds earlier and helped pull him onto Heath’s empty surfboard.

The veteran surfer continued: “I pulled his good arm and they lifted the other arm that had been bitten.

“His leg wound was the most severe, with his bone fully visible. Most of the damage was on the side of his abdomen.”

Heath was then forced to “paddle as hard as he could” to return to the beach while blood spurted out of Steve, who was clinging for his life.

The brave trio then ripped off the 62-year-old’s wetsuit and wrapped tourniquets around his gaping wounds to stop the bleeding.

Steve was taken to Natividad Medical Center with bites on his leg, abdomen and arms, and a fractured femur.

The shark bite was unfortunate. But after that I was just so lucky.

Steve Brmer

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife forensic laboratory confirmed that the shark was a great white shark.

Monterey Bay shark experts believe the underwater animal that attacked him was about 20 feet long.

Surgeons spent two hours in the operating room after Steve lost “an enormous amount of blood,” so much it took him 30 pints.

He is still recovering from the hospital but said in a previous statement how lucky he was to be rescued.

Steve said: “The shark bite was bad luck. But after that I was just so lucky.

“The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded. There were no waves and no chop.

“So that people would say ‘Help!’ could hear calling. from a great distance.”

Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said: “We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and took a personal risk to help the swimmer.”

Beaches were immediately closed by officials after the horrific attack, while shark warning signs were also shared.

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The Monterey Fire Department reportedly used a drone to search for the shark but couldn’t find anything.

Swimmers should be allowed back into the water on Saturday.

Witnesses described the water turning red as Steve's blood drained from his body


Witnesses described the water turning red as Steve’s blood drained from his bodyPhoto credit: Fox News
The swimmer was dragged back to shore by three heroic spectators


The swimmer was dragged back to shore by three heroic spectatorsPhoto credit: NBC News Monster 20ft great white shark attacks ‘water red’ off California coast, leaving swimmer ‘need 30 pints of blood’


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