Surfer suffers shark bite at Montana de Oro
December 29, 2014
A shark attacked and bit, but did not kill, a man surfing near the sand spit at Montana de Oro Sunday morning. [Tribune]
Shortly after 11 a.m., an approximately 8 to 10-foot juvenile shark swam underneath the surfer and grazed his surfboard, right hip and thigh with its teeth. The Tribune identified the surfer as 50-year-old Morro Bay resident Kevin Swanson.
A witness said the shark dragged Swanson underneath the water. There were no warning signs of the attack, he said.
Emergency responders airlifted Swanson to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A Sierra Vista spokesman said he was in fair condition Sunday afternoon.
Authorities did not close the beach where the shark attack occurred. Rather they posted warning signs in the area, per county policy.
The signs will remain in place for five days. If more shark sightings occur, a new five-day period will begin.
Several agencies, including Cal Fire, the Cayucos Fire Department, the Coast Guard, state parks and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident.