Swimmer attacked by shark on Southern California beach

Swimmer attacked by shark on Southern California beach

Lifeguards were seen posting signs in the 17th Street area of ​​Del Mar, Calif., after a reported shark attack on Sunday, June 2, 2024. (Hilary White)

A Southern California beach was closed Sunday morning after a swimmer was allegedly attacked by a shark, KTLA sister station KSWB/KUSI reports.

Officials in Del Mar, about 20 miles north of San Diego, said a 46-year-old man was bitten by a shark shortly before 9 a.m., about 100 yards off the coast of the San Diego State Security Center. beach at 5 Street.

The man was reportedly one of about a dozen ocean swimmers who regularly meet to train in Del Mar. A city official said lifeguards saw one swimmer helping another swimmer and responded to the area, without yet realizing that someone had been bitten.

The man suffered visible bites to his torso, left arm and hand. He was taken by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. City officials said his injuries were not life-threatening.

Shortly after the incident, lifeguards were seen posting signs in the 17th Street area reading: “SHARK INCIDENT, DO NOT ENTER.” The publication date was noted as June 2, 2024.

“In accordance with protocols developed by the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association and the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, lifeguards posted signs and closed Del Mar beaches to swimming and surfing at a mile in both directions of the incident – approximately from 6 Street to North Beach – and I have notified neighboring jurisdictions,” the city said.

About 40 miles north in San Clemente, authorities closed a popular beach for the Memorial Day holiday after a shark knocked a surfer off his board the night before. The surfer was not injured, but the beach remained closed for 24 hours.

A sighting of a shark 10 feet or larger requires a closure, usually for several hours, while any type of aggressive behavior automatically results in a 24-hour closure, pending no additional shark sightings.

The Associated Press contributed to this developing story.

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