Shark bites surfer in rare attack off Oregon coast

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Oregon (NBC) (12/07/20)— A surfer was attacked by a shark on Sunday off the coast of Seaside, Oregon, authorities said.

The Seaside Fire Department said a fire and rescue team and local Medix ambulance crew was called to Seaside Cove at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The man sustained non-fatal injuries to his lower leg, officials said. When rescue members arrived at the scene, an off-duty lifeguard at Seaside Beach applied a field tourniquet to his leg to prevent blood loss, according to the department.

Image: A surfer is helped off the beach at Seaside Cove, Ore. after a shark attack.

He was later transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, the department said.

“The incident serves as a valuable reminder to never recreate alone, in or out of the water,” the department said. “The fast response of fellow surfers was instrumental in providing aid to the victim.”

Image: A surfboard with bite marks from a shark attack in Seaside Cove, Ore.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, which tracks shark attacks around the world, Oregon has recorded a total of 28 shark attacks since 1837.

Florida leads the world with 852 shark attacks, according to the database.

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