Teenager attacked by shark off Californian beach

A teenage boy was bitten by a shark early Saturday morning in Southern California as the boy participated in the opening day of lobster diving season

A teenage boy was bitten by a shark early Saturday morning in Southern California as the boy participated in the opening day of lobster diving season

Authorities have closed the area between Pompano Beach and Swami's Beach for at least 48 hours. "I realized that he was yelling, 'I got bit!"

According to the LA Times, the boy, whose photo has been released without his name by family, was in the chilly Pacific off the coast of Encinitas outside San Diego when the unlikely attack occurred.

He was aided by three nearby good Samaritans, including an off-duty lifeguard, who got the boy to shore in a kayak.

The attack occurred just before 7am local time, during the opening hour of California's popular spiny lobster season. "The shark's top teeth got him in his cheek".

The shark is estimated to be approximately 11-feet-long.

The boy was conscious and talking as he was airlifted to a nearby hospital, Giles said.




On Monday, hospital officials upgraded his condition to serious but said he's expected to make a full recovery, reported KFMB.

Around 6:55 a.m. on September 29, the teenager was attacked at sea, Fox 5 reports. Help!'" said Hammel. "We swim over to him, throw him on the kayak. we're telling him he's going to be ok.

The most recent fatal shark attack in the area was in 2008 when a swimmer was killed at Solana Beach. Capt Giles noted there were multiple other divers in the area. The Stone Steps Invitational Surf Contest scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

"We're telling him he's going to be OK, that it's going to be all right", said Chad Hammel, one of the people who helped the boy.

Lifeguard boats and personal watercraft were patrolling the shore Saturday, and a sheriff's helicopter monitored overhead.

In November of 2017, a spear fisherman was badly injured in a shark attack off California's Central Coast. I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: "'There's a shark in the water!'" Hammel reports they were followed by the shark as they headed for the beach.

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