Shark at­tacks boy

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A 13-YEAR-OLD boy div­ing for lob­sters has been at­tacked by a shark in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia but was quickly pulled from the wa­ter by oth­ers and flown to a trauma cen­tre, au­thor­i­ties said.

The boy suf­fered trau­matic up­per torso in­juries, but the at­tack was “non-fa­tal”, city Life­guard Capt Larry Giles told re­porters at Beacon’s Beach in Encini­tas, about 27 miles north of down­town San Diego.

The at­tack oc­curred just be­fore 7am lo­cal time, dur­ing the open­ing hour of Cal­i­for­nia’s pop­u­lar spiny lob­ster sea­son.

The boy was at­tacked in about nine feet of wa­ter ap­prox­i­mately 150 yards off­shore. He was brought to shore by three by­s­tanders, Capt Giles said.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived, and the boy was flown by he­li­copter to a trauma cen­tre.

“He was con­scious, he was above wa­ter, and the by­s­tanders were able to get him up on the beach,” the cap­tain said.

The three res­cuers were iden­ti­fied only as an off­duty po­lice of­fi­cer from nearby Ocean­side, an off­duty state life­guard and a friend who were also div­ing for lob­sters.

Wit­nesses es­ti­mated the shark was about 11 feet long, but the type was not known, he said.

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