Oregon Surfer Attacked By Great White - Stab Mag
29 Views

Oregon Surfer Attacked By Great White

“I didn’t want to die.” – Cole Herrington

elsewhere // Dec 10, 2020
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

This past Sunday, an Oregon surfer was attacked by a Great White shark at a popular surfing people called [redacted].

According to the New York Post:

The incident took place at about 3:20 p.m. Sunday at a well-known surfing spot in [redacted], according to The Oregonian.

“Before I knew it, I got hit really hard,” Herrington said from his bed at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he remained Wednesday with serious injuries to his lower left leg.

“The next thing I remember is grabbing my board.”

Herrington, an aspiring electrician, said he instantly called out for help with one thought racing through his mind: “I didn’t want to die.”

“I knew something was pretty bad,” Herrington continued. “I was just praying that it wasn’t coming back to try to bite me again, which luckily it didn’t.”

Cole Herrington, survivor.
Cole Herrington, 20

Herrington, who underwent two surgeries for his wounds, said he was about a half-mile offshore in roughly 10 feet of water when the shark pounced.

Herrington’s mother, Amy Powell, who said Cole was “still in shock” Tuesday, said one of his wounds ran from pinky toe to his heel, while a second was on his calf.

Herrington’s surfing buddies whom he met at the beach helped get him to shore, where they applied a tourniquet using a T-shirt and a stick to stanch the blood flow.

Fire and local medics arrived to find the adult male victim being carried to the parking lot by fellow surfers. An off-duty Seaside lifeguard had applied a field tourniquet to the man’s leg to help slow the bleeding.

John Rahl, a spokesman for the city of Seaside, credited the quick response of fellow surfers and said it was a valuable reminder not to go into the ocean alone.

“The fact that there were additional people on scene helped move this along pretty quickly,” said Rahl.

Sunday’s attack came nine years to the day when another surfer suffered a shark bite at [redacted]. That victim, a female, also survived with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, which tracks shark attacks around the world, Oregon has only recorded a total of 28 shark attacks since 1837.

Florida had 852 shark attacks during that time — the most of any place in the world, according to the database.

Get better soon, Cole.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022

5:07

Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022

Former CT Surfer Chris Davidson Passes Away At Age 45

A radical life tragically ends outside a bar in New South Wales.

Sep 25, 2022

Where You Should Be In Europe Right Now

An overview of the region's greatest hits.

Sep 25, 2022

The Team Ukraine Interview

“There are mines near the shore, and already a lot of people have died…so it’s…

Sep 24, 2022

Mormaii Founder Raided By Brazilian Feds On Suspicion Of Plotting Against Democracy

Curiously, he's the second surf brand founder to become entangled in a political scandal of…

Sep 24, 2022

The Electric Acid Surfboard Test With Mick Fanning, Episode 4

There are three boards left. Which one is Mick taking home?

Sep 23, 2022

Watch: Tresha

The Bella Kenworthy Edit.

Sep 22, 2022

Photos: Welcome To Vans Stab High Indonesia, Presented By Monster Energy

Welcome to Lakey Peak. Now do airs.

Sep 22, 2022

5:27

Taro Watanabe Is The Love Child Of Your Favorite 80’s Surfers

Watch his new edit 'Sonic Youth' now.

Sep 22, 2022

The Four-Finned, Carbon-Wrapped, Vacuum-Bagged Board That Won The 2022 World Title 

The minds behind Sharp Eye and Dark Arts break down Filipe's winning plank.

Sep 22, 2022

Selema Masekela Discusses The New Film “Sweet Adventure,” A New Love For El Salvador and His Not-So-New Music Career 

"It's literally the entirety of my life coming full circle in a way that I…

Sep 22, 2022

Does The 1-to-6 Foot Surfboard Exist?

Pushing the Channel Islands NeckBeard 3 to its absolute limits in a new Joyride review.

Sep 21, 2022
Advertisement