Surfer thanks friend, rescuers for saving his life after shark attack

Adam Coon, who was surfing when the shark bit him through his wetsuit in the waters off California, was pulled into a boat by a friend until a helicopter arrived and flew him to a hospital.
1:03 | 12/24/19

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Transcript for Surfer thanks friend, rescuers for saving his life after shark attack
Back now with the surfer attacked by a shark in open water. A friend working to stop the bleeding before help arrived. Here's ABC's Marcus Moore. Reporter: Tonight, the man in this coast guard rescue basket is lucky to be alive. Rescued and brought to safety, after a terrifying shark attack. The call came in just after 3:00 P.M. From a boat northwest of Santa Rosa island, about 30 miles south of Santa bash wra, where Adam coons' surfing partner had applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Coon hsd been surfing near the boat when the shark attacked him, biting right through his wetsuit. His surfboard demolished. Pieces of it cutting his face. That helicopter arriving an hour later, a daring rescue to hoist the men up to safety. Emergency medical technicians waiting inside. He was rushed to this hospital, with deep cuts to his leg. He's expected to make a full recovery. The coast guard said he's lucky there was someone with him that could call the coast guard and tell them exactly where they are. Coons released a statement, saying this was a Christmas miracle and he thanked the first responders and his friend, who is a former lifeguard, for saving him. Tom? Lucky to be alive. Marcus, thank you.

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