Aucklander Andrew Welsh watched his friend get dragged under water by a great white. Photo / Screenshot / Tribune
Aucklander Andrew Welsh watched his friend get dragged under water by a great white. Photo / Screenshot / Tribune

Surfer sees mate dragged under by great white shark

A NEW Zealand surfer witnessed his friend getting dragged under the water by a great white shark just a few metres away from him off a Californian beach.

Andrew Welsh, who is from Auckland, was surfing at Montana de Oro beach in San Luis Obispo County on Monday with his friend Kevin Swanson, 50.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reported a juvenile great white, around 3m long surfaced and attacked Swanson.

"It came out of the deep... straight up out of the depths and got him and took him out of the water," Welsh told the Tribune.

"The shark came up and took him from the side and took him right under the water and he was gone for a couple of seconds. But it let him go and he came up lying on his board in the paddling position. He yelled out 'a shark' and we just paddled as fast as we could to the shore."

Once he reached shore, Swanson used the leash cord from his surfboard to fashion a tourniquet for his leg where the shark bit him, Walsh said.

Two doctors who had been walking on the beach helped Swanson, as well, and determined that no major arteries had been hit, the Tribune reported.

RELATED: Teen fisher taken by great white off Western Australia

 

 



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