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SCV Surfer Helps Save Shark Attack Victim

Posted: July 9, 2014 8:03 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2014 8:03 p.m.

Casey Fenwick of Stevenson Ranch says he doesn't feel like a hero after helping to rescue a shark bite victim off the coast of Manhattan Beach last weekend. Signal Multimedia photo by Austin Dave


Stevenson Ranch resident Casey Fenwick says he doesn’t feel like a hero, even though a number of people have proclaimed him so after he helped a swimmer who was bitten by a shark last weekend.

“I wouldn’t label myself as a hero,” Fenwick said Wednesday during an interview with Signal Multimedia. “There were four of us out there in the water (helping the shark bite victim).

“When I think of heroes, I think of people serving overseas allowing me to be able to surf every day. I hope that if I was ever in a situation like that, somebody would do the same for me.”

Fenwick was doing what he loves best off Manhattan Beach Saturday morning when he heard a man screaming in the ocean and paddled over to see if he could help.

The man was part of a group of long-distance swimmers, and when Fenwick arrived at the scene the other swimmers were trying to heave the victim onto a paddleboard. There were massive amounts of blood in the water.

“I’m looking around and I see a seven- to 10-foot figure in the water, but I didn’t really put that together with what had happened at the time,” recalls Fenwick. “The guy was just screaming so loud.”

Fenwick joined the group pushing the bleeding man onto the paddleboard and paddling him to shore.



Meanwhile, the owner of the paddleboard had fallen behind the group and was treading water at a distance away. Fenwick went back to the paddleboarder and lent him his own surfboard so he could get back safely.

When the rescue group arrived on shore with the victim, “That’s when I saw exactly what had happened,” Fenwick said.

“By the blood in the water, I knew that there was something seriously wrong, but I didn’t know how serious it was until we got him to shore.”

Fenwick says he saw about four or five apparent cuts along the victim’s ribs at least 10 inches in length.

He learned from news reports that the man had been bitten by a shark and the “figure” he saw in the water was a great white.

Asked about the apparent life-changing experience, Fenwick said, “It’s not really going to stop me from surfing — that’s for sure.”

Lessons learned?

“Life is short; anything can happen at any point in time,” he said.

Despite Fenwick’s protestations that he’s not a hero, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste congratulated him at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting and said she’d like to have him recognized by the council.

“Not everybody will paddle toward a situation like that, but he didn’t think anything about it,” Weste said. “That’s usually what’s very normal about a hero.”



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