A 13-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital early Saturday morning after he was bitten by a shark while lobster diving at a California beach.
The unidentified teen suffered "traumatic injuries" to his upper torso while he was skin diving for lobster off Encinitas in San Diego County, officials said. 'We told him he's going to be okay, he's going to be alright - we got help. Another witness told NBC that roughly 30 people were also in the water at the time during the attack, catching lobster.
Mr Hammel and his companions brought the boy ashore, where they applied pressure to his injuries and beachgoers called for an ambulance. The child was conscious and talking, according to Encinitas Lifeguards Captain Larry Giles.
The as yet unnamed teenager is said to have been taken to Rady Children's Hospital with wounds to his ear and shoulder. "His whole clavicle was ripped open", Hammel said". Details on his status have not yet been released. I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: "There's a shark in the water!"
The waters off about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of beach were ordered closed for 48 hours, and a nearby surfing competition was canceled before it got underway.
"Sure enough I look back and the shark is following", said Hammel. Help!'" said Hammel. "We swim over to him, throw him on the kayak. we're telling him he's going to be ok.
The victim was immediately hauled aboard a kayak by three others who were in the water on opening day of the spiny lobster season.
Local authorities said they are working to determine what kind of shark was involved in the attack, though no shark activity in the area has since been seen.