He­li­copter crew warns pad­dle board­ers about nearby sharks

Cape Breton Post - - World -

DANA POINT, Calif. — A sher­iff’s he­li­copter crew warned a group of pad­dle-board­ers to get out of the ocean af­ter spot­ting more than a dozen great white sharks along the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia coast. Video posted on­line by the Orange County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment shows a school of sharks swim­ming near sev­eral peo­ple in the wa­ter Wed­nes­day at Dana Point.

“You are pad­dle-board­ing next to ap­prox­i­mately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stock­bridge an­nounced over the he­li­copter loud­speaker to peo­ple in the wa­ter. “They are ad­vis­ing you exit the wa­ter in a calm man­ner. The sharks are as close as the sur­fline.” Ad­vi­sories were posted for beaches up and down South­ern Cal­i­for­nia af­ter shark sight­ings this week — in­clud­ing at San Onofre State Beach, where a woman was bit­ten by a shark April 29.

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