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A swimmer suffers serious injuries after being attacked by a shark in California

2022-06-23T03:26:11.923Z

It happened on Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, Monterey County. The victim suffered significant damage to the stomach and leg and was taken to a hospital.



By Phil HelselNBC

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A swimmer was attacked by a shark on Wednesday in California, suffering what police described as "significant injuries."

The attack occurred around 10:35 am on Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a city of about 15,000 people in Monterey County, south of San Jose.

Authorities said in a statement that other swimmers jumped in to help the attacked man.

Authorities and onlookers arrive at Lovers Point Beach in California, where a man was attacked by a shark. Giovanni Sercia / NBC News

Authorities flew a drone to search for the shark, but have been unable to detect it.

All Pacific Grove beaches will be closed through Saturday as a precaution, according to the Police Department.

Pacific Grove Councilman Joe Amelia told NBC affiliate KSBW of Salinas that

the man attacked was a surfer and suffered serious injuries to his stomach and leg.

Shark attacks on humans in California are rare, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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This is the second case of a shark injury to a person in California this year, according to department spokeswoman Kirsten Macintyre.

The first was in February on the island of San Miguel, when a diver suffered a minor foot injury.

Since 1950 there have been 203 human-shark encounters in California, and Wednesday's incident was the 109th in which a person was injured, he said.

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In the past two years, two people have died and six others have suffered non-fatal injuries in encounters with sharks in California, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife's website.

Wednesday's attack was the second recorded incident involving a shark at Lovers Point.

The first was in 1952 and the victim died

, Macintyre added.

DNA tests will confirm what type of shark was involved in Wednesday's incident.

Source: telemundo

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