Surfer at­tacked by shark calls res­cue a ‘Christmas mir­a­cle’

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — A surfer at­tacked by a shark off the coast of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia called his tale of sur­vival a “Christmas mir­a­cle” that he hopes will in­spire oth­ers who are go­ing through tough times.

Adam Coons, 37, was surf­ing his last wave of the day near Santa Rosa Is­land, one of the Chan­nel Is­lands, on Satur­day af­ter­noon when the shark sud­denly emerged.

“It felt like I just got blasted by a tor­pedo,” Coons told ABC News. “I didn’t feel the bite from the adren­a­line and then I was im­me­di­ately (sub­merged) un­der­wa­ter get­ting thrashed.”

ABC in­ter­viewed Coons and his friend and for­mer life­guard Jeremy Howard, who was aboard a boat nearby and pulled the surfer to safety be­fore ap­ply­ing a tourni­quet to his leg.

The pair said they thought it was a 15foot great white shark. Coons’ wet­suit shows punc­ture marks and his surf­board was de­stroyed.

The Coast Guard hoisted Coons up from Howard’s boat into a he­li­copter so he could be flown to safety. Coons said he is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

As­so­ci­ated Press

In this Dec. 21 im­age taken from video re­leased by the U.S. Coast Guard, a man, wear­ing a full-body wet­suit, is hoisted up from a boat into a he­li­copter near Santa Rosa Is­land, one of the Chan­nel Is­lands in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

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