CANNON BEACH, Ore. – A 29-year-old surfer from Portland was attacked and bitten by a shark Monday off Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast, according to police.
KPTV in Portland reported that emergency crews responded to the park north of Cannon Beach at 4 p.m. Monday on the report of a shark bite victim.
Joseph Tanner, 29, of Portland, was found at Indian Beach with injuries to his upper thigh and lower leg that police said were sustained from a shark attack, the news station said.
Tanner, who said he was surfing in the ocean when he was attacked by a shark, was stabilized at the scene and transported via air ambulance to a Portland hospital. His injuries were described by police as serious.
In the KPTV video, a fellow surfer describes the scene and Tanner’s “gruesome” injuries.
Ecola State Park encompasses about nine miles of coastline between Cannon Beach and Seaside, two of Oregon’s most popular coastal destinations.