The shark attacked a California swimmer on Wednesday, seriously injuring the man before the Good Samaritans rushed to his aid, according to reports.
According to video obtained by KSBW 8, the victim was pulled out of the water by nearby beachgoers, who then began to provide first aid to him.
The attack took place on Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a community south of Monterey, when a man swam about 150 yards from the beach around 10:35 a.m., KSBW 8 officials said.
“He was screaming for help, you could tell by the sound and emotion in his voice that something was definitely wrong, and he was hitting the water,” Paul Bandy, one of the Good Samaritans, told the TV channel. “I wasn’t sure if it was like he was trying to get something from himself or just trying to draw attention to himself.”
According to KSBW 8, Police Officer Bandy and his wife, who works as a nurse, were kayaking nearby when they went to help a swimmer in distress. The couple was in town from Sacramento County celebrating their wedding anniversary.
City officials said the victim, identified by friends as Steve Brummer, suffered serious injuries to his abdomen and leg, according to KSBW 8. Brummer is an avid swimmer, friends of the news station said.
“We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and personal risk to help the swimmer,” Police Grove Police said in a press release, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and his family.”
The Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark, but police said nothing was found, according to the LA Times.
As a precaution, the beaches in the area will be closed for 72 hours.