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Spear fisherman suffers 'massive blood loss' after Northern California shark bite

Posted: 9:05 AM, Nov 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-25 17:12:19Z

(KGTV) - A man was attacked by a shark while spearfishing in Northern California.

Monterey County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene off the coast of Pebble Beach Friday. The shark bite to the man's leg left him severely injured.

"One of the deputies on scene was trained in emergency field medicine and applied a tourniquet to the man's leg stopping his massive blood loss," officials said on Monterey County Sheriff's Facebook page.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, Sheriff's officials said. His condition is not known, but officials expect him to survive.

"Thanks to the quick efforts and teamwork by the deputies involved and the AMR and Cal Fire units on duty the victim will likely survive this rare tragedy," the department wrote on Facebook.

Officials in the air searched the area and spotted a "large aquatic animal," possibly a shark, off Pescadero Point:

Cal Fire units helped evacuate Stillwater Cove and signs were posted to notify beachgoers. Two off-duty deputies fishing nearby also assisted.

Another shark sighting had fisherman on edge this week in Southern California.

Video of a fisherman hooking a 6-foot great white shark off San Clemente Pier on Wednesday made waves.

The Orange County Register reported the shark was snagged near the pier pilings before breaking free from the line: