Shark attacks 13-year-old boy near San Diego

A boy injured by a shark at a beach in California. Pic @JohnRobbins

It's been reported that a teenager was attacked by a shark early this morning near Beacon's, a popular surf spot in North County San Diego.

The attack happened around 6:55 a.m. PDT in Encinitas, California, according to Lois Yum, the public information officer for the city of Encinitas.

Encinitas Lifeguard captain Larry Giles said the 13-year-old boy suffered traumatic injuries, but he described it as a nonfatal attack.

The boy was flown to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries to his upper body.

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"Luckily we got him out of the water because once we threw him up on the kayak and started heading in, that's when I looked back and the shark was behind the kayak".

Chad Hammel was lobster diving with friends when he heard the terrified screams of a teen boy who had just been attacked by a shark. He was conscious and talking on the beach, Giles said, as well as on his way to the hospital. "For a second we thought he passed out, but he was with us the whole time", said Hammel.

As of Saturday evening, he was listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Rady Children's Hospital.

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

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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. Hammel said he heard screaming and then realized the boy was yelling, "I got bit!"

The victim was immediately hauled aboard a kayak by three others who were in the water on opening day of the spiny lobster season.

"The shark was seen in the water by the bystanders.it was in the 11-foot range", he added. Hammel paddled the victim to shore with the help of an off-duty lifeguard that pulled the vessel while swimming.

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