A surfer has described the terrifying ordeal of how he fought off a great white shark by punching it within the face as its jaws latched onto its thigh off the coast of California.
Eric Steinley, 38, was browsing at Salmon Creek Beach close to Bodega Bay on Sunday when the predator tore into his leg, dragging him underwater.
Steinley instructed ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday the ‘gradual movement’ second for him started when he felt the shark ‘clamp’ onto his leg 3 times and drag him underneath.
‘I used to be in a number of ache and nonetheless pondering I’m going to lose my leg or die. I simply felt this heavy factor pull on me and it was like a clamp proper round my leg. And we went underwater collectively and it was gradual movement,’ he instructed GMA.
Surfer Eric Steinway has described the terrifying ordeal of how he fought off a great white shark by punching it within the face as its jaws latched onto its thigh off the coast of California
While underneath the water, Steinley punched the animal within the face, grazing the again of his hand towards the shark’s enamel, earlier than the shark let him go. Steinley described his punch as ‘measly’ in comparison with the size of the shark, however it did the trick
The Department of Fish and Wildlife was capable of verify the shark was a Great White primarily based on the DNA and chew marks it left on Steinley’s board (pictured). The surfers used the cords from their boards to swiftly tie a makeshift tourniquet onto his leg earlier than one other surfer – a health care provider – grabbed an actual one out of his medical package he saved stashed in his automotive
While underneath the water, Steinley punched the animal within the face, grazing the again of his hand towards the shark’s enamel, earlier than the shark let him go.
Steinley described his punch as ‘measly’ in comparison with the size of the shark, however it did the trick.
When he got here up for air, his buddy Jared Davis, 25, was there to assist him, a uncommon prevalence as Steinley often surfs alone, in line with the Press Democrat. The pair paddled 5 minutes to shore collectively ‘stroke for stroke.’
‘He goes: “You’re going to make it. Don’t look, do not take a look at your leg. Let’s simply maintain going,” after which we paddled in collectively, after which a wave got here and I gave it my all,’ Steinley instructed GMA.
Davis stated that in the course of the assault, he noticed a fin emerge above the water earlier than it dragged his buddy underneath.
‘He was saying shark, he was saying assist,’ he stated. ‘When I seemed like he had a purple stripe on his wetsuit.’
After making it to shore, roughly a dozen different surfers pulled Steinley onto a longboard and used the cords from their surfboards to create a makeshift tourniquet, which paramedics stated doubtless saved his leg.
Luckily, one of many surfers on the bay was a health care provider and had a medical package in his automotive, in line with NBC Bay Area, permitting Steinley’s leg to be wrapped in a correct tourniquet.
‘That factor damage,’ he instructed NBC Bay Area.
The group managed to carried him up the steps to fulfill paramedics shortly after.
Steinley, who often surfs alone, fortunately had a buddy Jared Davis there to assist him when he got here up for air. Davis paddled the 50 yards ‘stroke for stroke’ with Steinley till they reached the shore
Salmon Creek Beach is positioned close to Bodega Bay in Northern California
Steinley was life-flighted to a Santa Rose hospital, in line with the Press Democrat.
Following the assault, Steinley has undergone a number of surgical procedures on his leg to restore crushed and partially severed nerve and the enamel marks on his leg.
He is at present recovering at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California.
Despite the horrific assault, Steinley nonetheless plans to hit the waves once more.
‘I nonetheless wish to be part of the life-style,’ he instructed GMA, though he is uncertain if his leg will heal correctly.
‘Surfing is such a giant a part of my life and it actually calms me down,’ he instructed the Press Democrat. ‘But I simply don’t know if I’ll get that feeling anymore sitting on the market.’
The surfers carried Steinley up the steps on the longboard to fulfill paramedics, who confirmed up shortly after
Steinley (pictured) was then airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa the place he has undergone a number of surgical procedures to restore the broken nerve and enamel mark in his leg
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed the DNA and chew radius left on Steinley’s surfboard proved it was a great white shark roughly 10 ft lengthy.
Great white sharks may be pretty massive and if try to be bitten by one, it may be fairly extreme,’ Dave Bader from the Department of Fish and Wildlife instructed GMA.
Although shark assaults are uncommon, it often contain great whites, in line with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. All 14 deadly shark assaults in California concerned Great Whites.
There have solely been 198 shark assaults within the state since recordkeeping started within the Nineteen Fifties.
State park officers closed the seaside following the assault till Tuesday morning, when it reopened at 9am.
Steinley’s third grade instructor and fellow surfer Mark Jensen started a GoFundMe to assist pay for his medical payments. The fundraiser has collected virtually $32,000 of it is $50,000 objective.