Teenager Attacked by Shark in San Diego

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

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

The attack occurred just before 7 a.m. off Neptune Avenue at the foot of Leucadia Boulevard, authorities said.

The incident happened around 7am on the opening day of California's spiny lobster season and people looking for the creatures themselves were horrified to come across the attack at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, California. We told him he's going to be okay, he's going to be alright - we got help.

Witnesses said the shark was about 3.3m (11ft) long, but the species has not been confirmed.

Three good Samaritans heard the boy scream for help after the attack and helped bring him to shore on a kayak.

The as yet unnamed teenager is said to have been taken to Rady Children's Hospital with wounds to his ear and shoulder. Giles noted there were multiple other divers in the area.

Chad Hammel said he was one of the people in the water who helped.

On Sept. 15, a man died at a Cape Cod hospital after police say he was attacked by a shark off a Wellfleet, Massachusetts, beach. The Stone Steps Invitational Surf Contest scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. They plan to monitor the area for sharks via boat, helicopter and drones.

A teenage boy has been bitten by a shark at a Southern California beach.

"The shark was seen in the water by the bystanders.it was in the 11-foot range", he added. There have been no reports of additional shark activity since the attack.

Over the years surveys have found that there are about 2,400 great white sharks living in California waters, but scientists suspect that number has grown because of improved ocean water quality and warmer ocean temperatures.

  • Joey Payne