Boy, 13, attacked by shark in California while diving for lobsters

Teen boy attacked by shark in Encinitas

The boy suffered traumatic upper torso injuries, city Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles told reporters earlier at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego. Giles said the species had not been determined.

Giles says the rescuers were an off-duty police officer, an off-duty and a third person who were also lobster diving.

Lifeguards were being brought in from various agencies while a San Diego County sheriff's helicopter scouted from the air.

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

Chad Hammel, who watched the scene unfold, told KSWB the 13-year-old boy could be heard screaming "I got bit!" as the water around him turned red with blood.

Hammel said he thought the boy was just excited when he first heard him shouting.

"Once we got him on the kayak we could really see what happened", Hammel said.

"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", Giles is quoted a saying in a news release. "The shark hit him in the clavicle, ripped open everything in the back and the top teeth came down and got his cheek". I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: "There's a shark in the water!"

Hammel also said he couldn't have helped the teen without the help of his friends and the dozens of others on the beach.

A teenager has been attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters, in the US. There's been no shark activity in the area since then.

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

Officials have closed off the beach for 48 hours and cancelled a surfing competition after the attack.

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