Update, Steve Bruemmer has returned home.
“The swimmer that was attacked by a great white shark at Lovers Point Beach Wednesday morning — 62-year-old Steve Bruemmer — is in fair condition and expected to make a full recovery, according to his doctors at Natividad Medical Center.
“The quick reaction of bystanders and EMTs placing tourniquets combined with the proximity of Natividad Trauma Center was crucial in saving Mr. Bruemmer’s life,” said Dr. Nicholas Rottler, one of Natividad’s trauma surgeons. Rottler and Dr. Kuong Ngann operated on Bruemmer for approximately two hours.
Bruemmer was swimming at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday when he was bitten by the shark. Witnesses saw him go underwater briefly before resurfacing and calling for help.
“The shark bite was unlucky, but after that, I’ve just had so much good luck,” Bruemmer said in a statement released to the media. “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.”