A surfer is “fortunate” to have survived a shark bite above the weekend about 70 miles north of San Francisco, an crisis responder reported Monday.

The surfer, who has not been publicly discovered other than that he is in his 30s, was bitten in the thigh about 9 a.m. Sunday near the Sonoma Coast north of Bodega Bay, claimed Bodega Bay Hearth Security Division Capt. David Bynum.

The surfer’s affliction was mysterious Monday. He was mindful when he was airlifted and is anticipated to endure, Bynum claimed.

The male was very first served to shore by surfers who used a tourniquet to his thigh with surfboard leashes, which an additional bystander later replaced with a produced tourniquet, Bynum claimed. Initial responders arrived inside of minutes and continued to take care of the surfer, who was airlifted to a medical center by the California Freeway Patrol, Bynum reported.

“The tourniquet was critical. Which is what produced the big difference amongst a lifetime-threatening personal injury and a secure affected individual,” he explained. “He’s lucky. He had a large amount of help appropriate from the get started.”

NBC Bay Spot spoke to Jared Davis, a surfer who saw the shark bite the man and aided him right away right after.

“I noticed the dorsal fin of the shark. And then I noticed the tail fin of the shark,” Davis reported. “It certainly wasn’t … like a brief attack. It was pleasant and sluggish.”

Davis also advised the station that surfers applied a tourniquet to the wound.

“We did that with two different surf leashes. Tied them as restricted as we could,” he mentioned.

Bynum reported that beaches around the website have been open up Monday but that the ocean remained off-limits until Tuesday.

A terrific white shark is considered to be the perpetrator, but that was not confirmed Monday, Bynum stated. The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife will check out to obtain and review DNA from the surfer’s wetsuit and surfboard to discover the species, he explained.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Division, there have been 198 incidents of make contact with amongst sharks and people today from the 1950s to August. Fourteen had been fatal and 106 were being labeled as nonfatal, and there were being no accidents in 78 instances, it claimed. Surfers ended up concerned in 77 of the incidents. According to section studies, an overwhelming the vast majority of cases, 176, were verified or suspected to have involved great white sharks.

In June, a 39-yr-aged surfer in Northern California was significantly hurt when a excellent white little bit him at Gray Whale Cove Point out Beach in San Mateo County. NBC Bay Place documented that the surfer was bitten in the back again of his proper thigh. He was taken care of with superior lifetime guidance actions at the scene, officials mentioned.