Bloke bitten by ‘biggest ever’ great white shark says the weather saved his life

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A bloke brutally savaged by what is believed to be the biggest ever great white shark – and survived – has revealed the crucial coincidences that all came togehther to save his life.

Steve Bruemmer, 62, lost several litres of blood and had to have a transfusion of nearly 30 pints after he was targeted by the beast at Lovers Point Beach, in Monterey Bay, California last week.

He was enjoying a swim when the sea monster dragged him underwater before witnesses saw him resurface and shout for help on June 22.

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The retired IT specialist was "lucky to be alive" after three surfers rushed to his rescue and took him back to shore with their paddle boards.

He said: “The shark bite was unlucky, but after that, I’ve just had so much good luck.

“The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded.

“There were no waves and there was no chop.

“So people could hear me yelling ‘help’ from a great distance, including from the Rec Trail, where someone called 911.”

“I remember I was lying in the ambulance and I thought, ‘my lungs are good. I can breathe.’ So I didn’t know if I was going to bleed to death, but my lungs were good.

“The fact that Natividad has a trauma centre was a lifesaver.”

He was rescued by surfing instructor Heath Braddock, Sacramento Police officer Paul Bandy and wife Amy Johns.

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Braddock recalled: “He was 300 feet out.

“A lot of tourists cry wolf and cry out ‘shark!’ (but) it’s rarely the case.

“It’s usually a dolphin.

“But this guy continued to scream frantically.

“I saw the pool of blood around him so I knew it was real.”

And Bandy told KSBW: "He was screaming for help, you could tell the sound and the emotion in his voice that there was something definitely wrong and he was slapping the water.

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“I wasn’t sure if that was some sort of thing he was trying to get something away from him or just trying to draw attention to himself.

“As soon as we got close to him, we could see he had severe lacerations on his arms and legs.”

Having had his bites checked out by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it was claimed that the shark could have been up to 20 feet long – which is about as large as they can get.

Although difficult to prove, if the one Steve came into contact with is the same length, or even longer, it will be the biggest great white shark ever spotted.

Despite the size of the beast and the damage it did, Steve believes he was fortunate that the shark attacked him in a spot "that seemed survivable”.

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