California Teen Suffers Traumatic Injuries In Attack By 11-Foot Shark

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

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

The beach area from La Costa Avenue to Swami's Beach in Encinitas is closed for 48 hours. Hammel was on his kayak when he heard loud screaming.

Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles said that, despite suffering traumatic injuries and being in a critical condition, the boy is expected to survive.

Hammel, one of about 30 people off Beacon's Beach in Encinitas on Saturday morning for the opening of lobster fishing season, realized the boy had shouted, "I got bit!"

Chad Hammel was hunting with two friends - an off-duty Oceanside police officer and a state parks lifeguard - when they heard what seemed like a diver's excited squeals after a catch. "We told him he's going to be okay, he's going to be alright".

Officials say they are working to determine what species of shark was involved in the attack.

"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.

The as yet unnamed teenager is said to have been taken to Rady Children's Hospital with wounds to his ear and shoulder.

"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. A nearby surf competition scheduled was also canceled.

Other swimmers and divers were quickly evacuated.

A teenage boy has been bitten by a shark at a Southern California beach. "I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: 'There's a shark in the water!'" Three men were also in the water near the 13-year-old and together they worked to get him to safety. In the immediate hours after the attack, there was no sign of shark activity or signs of typical prey such as seals, dolphins and porpoises, although a seal was reported in the area earlier, Giles said.

Many great white sharks migrate to warmer waters in Mexico during the winter.

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