13-year-old boy attacked by a shark while lobster diving

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

A teenage boy attacked by a shark near San Diego had to be airlifted to a hospital on Saturday morning, according to the City of Encinitas Marine Safety Department.

He added: "He was conscious, he was above water, and the bystanders were able to get him up on the beach. and he was talking all the way to when he was being transported".

Lifeguards had been on duty early Saturday due to two nearby events, and the response to the attack was "very short", Giles said.

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

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

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

Chad Hammel, who was out with a group of friends diving for lobster, told KSWB-TV San Diego that they helped rescue the boy and lift him onto their kayak. At first he thought it was the excited yell of a fellow lobster diver. Hammel was on his kayak when he heard loud screaming. "I got bit!'" Hammel said.

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. "His whole clavicle was ripped open", Hammel said".

Southern California authorities have closed several kilomares of beach. "We told him he's going to be OK, he's going to be all right - we got help".

"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".

There have been no other reports of shark sightings and officials are unsure what type of shark attacked the boy, though it was estimated to have been about 11 feet long.

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