SEASIDE, Ore. -- A Coos Bay man helped save an injured surfer after he was attacked by a shark on the Oregon coast.
On Dec. 6 at about 3:30 p.m., Seaside Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a report of a shark bite victim in the area of the Seaside Cove. When they arrived they found that nearby surfers had pulled the victim into the parking lot.
Casey Weyer of Coos Bay said he was one of a handful of surfers in Seaside Bay at the time. Weyer was sitting on his surfboard waiting for a wave when he said the shark surfaced just feet away from him and attacked another nearby surfer.
“He was just sitting on his board waiting for a wave and the shark came up to us about six to eight feet away from me," Weyer said. "It came up and hit him and came up out of the water with like his leg and board in its mouth. And then came down sideways and like pushed him underwater."
The surfers quickly paddled to shore and began treating the young man's wound. An off-duty Seaside Beach lifeguard applied a tourniquet to the surfer's injured leg. The man was then transported to the local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Weyer said the surfer remained in good spirits throughout the ordeal.
"I'm just glad that people were there and and everything turned out all right," Weyer said. "I'm definitely going to be thinking about next time I go to surf alone. I'm going to be kind of maybe reassessing and thinking about the whole entire situation completely differently from now on."
Shark attacks on the coast are rare. Oregon Parks and Recreation said the most recent sighting was reported in Seaside back in July. This is the first reported attack statewide this year.