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A HORRIFYING video has shown beach bystanders helping a swimmer after he was attacked by a shark on Wednesday.

Steve Bruemmer was left with major injuries to his stomach and leg after being bitten by a shark while swimming at Lover's Point Beach in California.

A swimmer has been attacked by a shark at Lover's Point BeachCredit: Facebook
Bystanders pull the swimmer out of the water and give him first aidCredit: KSBW

Hero bystanders pulled him in and gave him first aid once they heard his cries for help, according to KSBW 8.

The shark attack occurred only 150 yards out in the water.

Paul Bandy, a police officer, and his wife, Aimee Johns who's a nurse, were paddle boarding nearby when they went to help Bruemmer.

Bandy told KSBW 8: “He was screaming for help, you could tell the sound and the emotion in his voice that there was something definitely wrong and he was slapping the water.

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“I wasn’t sure if that was some sort of thing he was trying to get something away from him or just trying to draw attention to himself."

Heath Braddock, a local surfer, assisted the Bandy and Johns.

"We got my biggest board and the gentleman, Paul, helped me roll the victim on the board belly down and got him kind of centered and stable," he said.

"We had him hold my foot and we paddled him in."

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"We had to quickly cut his wet suit off of him and open it all up and try to apply the tourniquets to each limb and also to his abdomen," Johns added

"Put the pressure there because he was bleeding severely."

Bruemmer sustained significant injuries from a confirmed shark bite, the Pacific Grove Police Department told The Sun.

The victim was immediately taken to Natividad Medical Center, a trauma center 23 miles from the beach.

Bruemmer's friends told KSBW that he is awake and talking and that he told them that "he just couldn't pass up a good day of swimming."

The Pacific Grove Police said in a news release: “We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the good Samaritans that took immediate action and personal risk to assist the swimmer.”

"We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and their family,” they added, according to the Los Angeles Times.

City of Pacific Grove Councilmember Jenny McAdams wrote to Facebook: "After the attack, the shark was seen again in the area."

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The LA Times also reported that the Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark but couldn't find anything.

Beaches from Lover's Point to Sea Palm Turnout will now be closed till at least Saturday, according to KSBW 8.