Skip to comments.Friend: Waves turned red after fatal shark attack
Posted on 10/22/2010 9:23:00 PM PDT by Kartographer
A bodyboarder killed by a shark at a Central California beach cried out to his friend for help as the shark flashed out of the water, bit into his leg and pulled him under in a tide of blood, the friend said Friday.
Matthew Garcia was surfing 2 feet from his friend, 19-year-old Lucas Ransom, when the shark attacked, he said. The whole incident lasted seconds.
"When the shark hit him, he just said, 'Help me, dude!' He knew what was going on," Garcia told The Associated Press. "It was really fast. You just saw a red wave and this water is blue as blue as it could ever be and it was just red, the whole wave."
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It’s a bit more dangerous in proximity to Great White sharks.
Perhaps the ban on killing great white sharks along the Cali coast was overdone...
Ransom’s left leg was ripped off at the pelvis, his parents said. Garcia tried to give him chest compressions as he pulled him to shore. But he was bleeding profusely and died before they got there.
Witnesses told authorities that the young men were about 100 yards offshore when the attack occurred. Fire personnel from Vandenberg Air Force Base pronounced Ransom dead at the scene. Authorities quickly closed Surf Beach and two other beaches nearby for at least 72 hours. Surf Beach is on Vandenberg’s 42 miles of coastline, but the public has access to it from California Highway 246.
Federal and state wildlife officials are working to identify the type of shark that attacked Ransom. A shark expert said Friday that, based on its behavior and Ransom’s injury, it most likely was a great white.
“It takes a shark of massive size and jaw to inflict that kind of injury,” said Andrew Nosal of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
That would be a big fish...
Yeah, but given the choice, I’ll go swimmin’ with the trout.
I guess its not cool to carry a tourniquet while surfing.
They're going to need a bigger boat.
Oh great...Another tragedy death thread where morons like you mock and make dumb jokes...This time at a 19 year old kid bleeding to death...
The pair, best friends since they were on the water polo and swim teams together at Perris High School in Riverside County, had joked the night before about the chances they would be attacked by a shark, Garcia said...
The report says his leg was ripped off at the pelvis. No place to put a tourniquet, however they could have applied pressure to the large arteries in the groin, but that is hard to do in the water and probably too late anyway. A person bleeds out fast when those big arteries are severed.
Seems the big whales and sharks are very close to to the California shore this year. My son and I saw huge gray whales, 40 ft long, below us at the cliffs at Pt. Reyes a couple months ago (really cool looking DOWN on a gray whale!). A friend in Half Moon Bay says she sees whales just offshore where they haven’t been before. Seems like the food supply is much closer to shore than usual.
Hmmmm, my guess is the water is a bit cooler this year. Game fish are maybe moving closer to shore where the water can warm more easily. That then brings the predators in ...
It's seared into my memory. Readers' Digest will do that to you.
BTW, Rodney Fox and his famous survival of a Great White attack in Australia was also the subject of a RDFPA article, back in the sixties. I remember that one, too.
I knew, personally, two people who were killed in hog(the name people who work in sawmills give to chippers)accidents. It doesn't take long to bleed to death and the shock of getting part of your body chewed off in mere seconds usually sends the person into shock very quickly. If you think it is bad to read about it, it is even worse when you are there.
No, it was the bleeding heart campaign to protect those cute little crustacean-crunching sea otters that was overdone. They're the great whites' favorite munchies and as they've moved southward the sharks have followed, with very predictable consequences.
A lot of my sons’ friends surf. This hits home and is just scary. RIP, and prayers for the family.
One of the sad commentaries on our times when people feel that just because they’re behind their keyboard, they can make cold comments about a tragic death. The ONE thing I don’t like about the internet....Sounds like this guy was going to be a good man.
Prayers up. Lord have mercy on his soul.
I saw the FOX report and the bite out of the surfboard when I typed the above comment. I’m horrified.
I would never surf (or even go out very far swimming) in a place with so many sharks. I remember the news story of the young female surfer returning to the surfboard after losing an arm to a shark, and thinking that was a very stupid person (this is not a reflection on this man’s death; this girl had already lost an arm - and almost her life - and was still going to surf). I would be surprised if his friends could ever try it again after seeing this happen.
Here in NJ the ocean is too dirty for sharks; its only fit for humans to swim in...
Excellent point. I think you are spot on that this is what is going on and it is absolutely weather related. We that go out on boats in the Santa Barbara sound see great whites and whales as part of the scenery. Always amazed as is how very close and how very populated our waters are with the big boy fish. They love the Santa Barbara waters and love to mate here. Can't say I blame 'em.
Very sad about the kid. Albeit his mom did say in another article, he was a great kid and in a very good place in his life.
He died doing something he loved and was hanging with his best bud. Tough ending, shocking, and painful and clearly he had so much in front of him. Yet. Not a bad place and time to go. Better than being offed by some asshole on a cell phone on the LA freeways or someone shooting him or attacking him for no reason except to get a kick out of it. At least the shark used his limb for food.
Blessings to the family and his friend.
I too have a tendency to not participate in activities like riding my bike on the shoulder of most roads or swimming, kayaking, boarding in shark populated waters, but the truth is we are going to go sometime and if those activities pull one's chain, why not. We can go at any time for any reason. Often not in places or circumstances that are fun or of our choosing.
Driving on freeways and driving cars are much more risky but we get on them and in them every single day (most of us.)
Muddy near-shore runoff areas, during overcast conditions following a storm are the most dangerous times to swim in shark country.
SoCal has just been through the must significant rain event in numerous months.
The swimmer inadvertently, picked the very worst time to be in the water.
I know. Very sad. I was also surprised how the span of the bite was only 12 inches. Long, thin . . . but hell of a strong bite!! Wow. Poor kid. Let's hope those natural pain killers and shock kept him from feeling much.
I was once in a car wreck on a seven lane freeway where the truck I was in spun around with my side pointing toward traffic that was zooming toward me and all around me going 80+ mph. (Here in S. California they don't often slow down for wrecks.)
I remember praying, while anticipating what I thought was inevitable--getting body slammed by a fast moving vehicle (remember this was after one wreck already that I had just survived.) I prayed for God to take me before I felt the pain. The anticipation of it was much more scary. Never did happen. Thank God.
Both of my sons have been avid surfers since their early teens. The youngest one surfs between Maine and Rhode Island in the dead of winter. The oldest surfs the CA. coast. I swear it’s an addiction.
Interesting point. The entire western Pacific has been cooler this year, not just onshore. We had almost no summer this year — a few days where we didn’t even hit 60 in the Bay Area.
Saw the same thing in the Keys in January - they had record low temps for 2-3 weeks. Water dropped several degrees but near the shoreline, stayed warmer due to solar heating. Fishing was crazy good - as the smaller fish moved toward shore, so did the big feeders.
Wow, definitely...Thank God!
I suddenly felt wrong and I told Mike we have to leave the water, at 830am Mike called me and said Come to my room.................His room looked out over the water from the 6th story.
A hurricane was off shore, the place was loaded with sharks.
I have never forgot that sudden feeling of being hunted.
I am a firm believer in that ‘little voice’ in the back of your head. It’s just learning to listen and figuring out what it’s saying that we need to relearn.
That little voice is pretty powerful!
Good points, but for years now the first thing I do when I get in my car is put on my seatbelt. I don’t drive if I can avoid it, but when I do I’m belted & sober...
me too Irish. Me too. And us both being Irish, the sober part is a miracle. LOL ;-D. Blessings on the road my FRiend.
Thanks; to you, too.