Boy attacked by shark while diving for lobsters in California

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A 13-year-old boy was medevaced to the hospital after being attacked by a shark off Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, California.

According to FOX 5 News, a teenager was attacked by a shark off Encinitas early Saturday morning. They quickly realized the teen was suffering from serious bite injuries and bleeding badly.

Chad Hammel was diving nearby for lobsters with his two friends when he suddenly heard the boy "scream".

"The shark's top teeth got him in his cheek".

He suffered traumatic upper torso injuries, but the attack was "nonfatal", city lifeguard Larry Giles told reporters at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, north of San Diego.


"When the bystanders got there, he was conscious, he was above water... and he was talking all the way while he was being transported", Giles said.

Officials have not yet released details on the boy's status.

"Sure enough I look back and the shark is following", said Hammel. The boy, 13, was airlifted to a hospital, she said.

Witness Chad Hammel (pictured) said that the boy's "whole clavicle was ripped open".

However, he said that as a precaution, area beaches are closed for 48 hours and they're asking people not to go into the water until it's deemed safe.


California Fish and Wildlife regulations say that lobster divers must use hoop nets or their hands to capture lobster during lobster diving season, which started at 6 a.m. Saturday.

The boy was pulled onto a kayak and rushed to shore, where footage showed him being treated by lifeguards before a helicopter lifted him to a hospital.

The victim was attacked in about 9 feet of water and was approximately 150 yards offshore, Giles said.

"As we were coming in, I was yelling and told everyone to get out of the water, shark", said Hammel.


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