CANNON BEACH, Ore. — With the help of good Samaritan bystanders, a 29-year-old Portland surfer escaped from a shark attack without serious injury.

Oregon State Police report Joseph Tanner was surfing out in the ocean when he was attacked by a shark, sustaining bites to his upper thigh and lower leg. He fought off the shark by hitting in the face, Cannon Beach volunteer firefighter David Norris said. Then bystanders at the beach applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Tanner was stabilized on scene and transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Norris, a MetroWest paramedic, helped provide support at the scene. He said the bites were serious but should be stable now. Seaside paramedics also assisted.

The man fought the shark by hitting it in the face several times, Norris said.

Oregon State Police responded to the event. Bystanders at the beach applied a tourniquet on the man to stop the bleeding on his leg.”

“The bystanders have done a phenomenal job,” Norris said.

Shark bites are not a common occurrence in Cannon Beach, Norris said. The last one he knows of occurred in the 1980s.

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