Shark attacks boy
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.