A person was taken to a hospital in serious condition Thursday after being bitten by a sea lion while swimming at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, officials said.
The San Francisco Police Department’s Marine Unit pulled the injured swimmer out of the water around 2 p.m., according to authorities.
While it was unclear where the person was bitten, officers applied a tourniquet to the swimmer before he was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, said Lt. Jonathan Baxter of the San Francisco Fire Department.
“SFPD Marine Unit officers should be commended on their swift actions addressing the emergency medical needs of this swimmer,” Baxter said. “By applying a tourniquet to this wound, they essentially saved this swimmer’s life.”
The swimmer, who was not identified, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital.
A number of officers assigned to the police department’s Marine Unit recently became certified emergency medical technicians and tourniquets are now part of the trauma kits available to patrol officers, police said.