Swimmers ordered out of water following shark attack in Manhattan Beach

by City News Service
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MANHATTAN BEACH (CNS) – A 7-foot-long shark was hooked by a fisherwoman and was fighting for its life when it took a bite on a distance swimmer in the waters off the Manhattan Beach Pier Saturday.

The shark bit the man in his upper right torso and then spat him out, said County Fire Inspector Rick Flores. The swimmer had stable life signs and moderate injuries, and was bleeding but conscious as he was loaded into an ambulance among weekend beachgoers on The Strand just south of the pier.

A popular stretch of beach one mile north and south of the pier was closed to swimming, as a county helicopter ordered people out of the 69-degree water on a holiday weekend.

Lifeguards were seen from shore as they used their boat to try to annoy the juvenile shark further and guide it out to sea.

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:33 a.m. to 1011 The Strand, a dispatcher said. That address is about two blocks south of the Manhattan Beach pier.

A police lieutenant with the Manhattan Beach Police Department said officers were dispatched to the scene at 9:29 a.m. on a report of  “an ocean rescue, male in the water” call to assist with crowd control.

A photographer posted photos of a swimmer being loaded into an ambulance following the 9:30 a.m. incident.

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