UPDATED 7:27 AM PT – Monday, June 28, 2021
A man is recovering after being bitten by a shark at a Northern California beach. The 39-year-old was attacked Saturday morning at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, which is located south of San Francisco.
At 9:15am, a 35-year-old man was swimming off of Grey Whale Cove State Beach when he was bitten in the right leg by a 6-8 ft. great white shark. The male was able to swim to shore and medical aid was summoned. The male was transported to Stanford.⚠️The beach is now closed.
— San Mateo County S.O (@SMCSheriff) June 26, 2021
Authorities said he was bitten in the right leg by a six-to-eight foot great white shark. The surfer was able to swim to shore and received medical attention before being transported to a trauma center in serious condition.
“He was surfing so he was relatively close to the shore,” stated Brian Ham, Battalion Chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and. “He was out surfing and a great white came up and just took one bite out of him and released him.”
INCIDENT UPDATE: Upon arrival at Gray Whale Cove firefighters/paramedics found a male on the beach with a confirmed bite to his body. Patient was treated with advanced life support measures and transported to a local trauma center in serious condition. pic.twitter.com/z3dcy9gTR6
— CAL FIRE CZU (@CALFIRECZU) June 26, 2021
The man has since been treated and released from the hospital.