Shark Bite at Centerville Beach Sunday Sends Surfer to the Hospital With a Serious Injury
The FVFD post stated, “The patient was transported by City Ambulance to a hospital.”
Emergency personnel speaking over the scanner said that the surfer had “Code 3 trauma” with a hemorrhage in the upper thigh that was being controlled with a trauma tourniquet.
The VFD post pointed out, “To [the] recollection of our membership, we have not had an incident like this. This is a reminder that there are many hazards to be aware of when you are at the beach…Please be safe.”
INFORMATION ABOUT EARLIER SHARK ATTACKS IN OUR AREA
The last shark attack (on a boat in this case not a person) we remember in Humboldt County was on August 28, 2020 in Shelter Cove when a kayaker was thrown into the water after the large creature chomped his vessel.
The kayaker, David Alexander, said he saw the shark chomp down on either side of the tip of his vessel. He told us. “He had the front of my kayak literally in his mouth…It was like he was smoking it like a cigar…It was surreal.”
Simultaneous to seeing the shark, Alexander was being thrown from the kayak. “I hear the thud.. feel the push and I’m rolling to the right,” he said. With his gear and his glasses falling into the water with him, he went under then bobbed up.
“I was probably about 4 feet from the shark,” he told us. “I’m in the water…I don’t know if he is looking at me, but I’m looking at him….When he hit the boat, I fell off on the same side his face…I could see both eyes–one side more than the other…His eyes are so dark…I could see his teeth and his gums. You see those rows of teeth…that’s something else.”
Earlier that year on May 25, a shark bit a kayak so badly that that it sank. We also interviewed that kayaker, Michael Thallheimer, Jr. He told us, “I was in the water maybe 15 minutes…It never left my mind the whole time that [the shark] might be going to come back. I had a freshly killed fish dangling around my feet because it was clipped to my kayak…I kept telling myself, ‘Be calm. Panic is not going to do any good.’”
In July of 2018, a woman received a relatively small bite at Trinidad Beach.
In 2012, a shark bit a surfer off the North Jetty. He needed surgery after the encounter.