Teen Attacked By Shark While Diving For Lobsters
A teenager has been attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters, in the US.
The 13-year-old boy was wading in 9ft water at Beacon Beach, north of San Diego, when he was bitten by a species of shark that is yet to be confirmed.
The incident took place at about 7am on Saturday. Luckily, the boy was immediately taken aboard a kayak by several people who were lobster fishing nearby, including an off-duty police officer and an off-duty lifeguard.
Chad Hammel - one of those who helped pick the teen up - said: "I paddled to him and there was a big wake of blood behind him.
"His entire back was open. The shark hit him in the clavicle.
"The shark's top teeth got him in his cheek."
It was Chad and his friends who helped get the boy ashore while they waited for an air ambulance - when it arrived, he was airlifted to a Rady Children's Hospital where he was treated for his upper body injuries.
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While it was a traumatic incident for all, Sky News reports that the teen will survive, but is reportedly in a 'critcial condition', no further details of the injuries he sustained have been released yet.
Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles said: "He was conscious, he was above water, and the bystanders were able to get him up on the beach... and he was talking all the way to when he was being transported."
Giles added that the three men in the kayak provided a "tremendous amount of aid to that young man".
Several miles of the beach were closed off by authorities for 48 hours and a planned surfing competition due to take place was cancelled.
Speaking to CBS, Giles added: "We are working closely as a unified command with the California State Parks, California Fish and Game, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, City of Solana Beach and the City of Carlsbad to ensure public safety.
"At this time, we have not received additional reports of any shark sightings in the area but are advising the public to stay out of the water."
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