Surfer in stable condition in hospital ICU after shark attack off Sonoma Coast

5 October 2021

The man who was severely injured in a shark attack over the weekend while surfing off the Sonoma Coast was in stable condition Monday at a Santa Rosa hospital.

The man, identified by local surfers by his first name, Eric, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a hospital spokesman said. He was airlifted there after he was bitten on Sunday morning just north of Bodega Bay.

The attack happened at about 9 a.m. in the water beyond the paved parking lot at North Salmon Creek Beach.

The shark tore through the man’s wetsuit and punctured the skin on his right leg, but the bite didn’t appear to have ripped off any chunks of flesh, said Caspian Morast, the first lifeguard to respond.

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