A man swimming off of Southern California’s Manhattan Beach survived a great white shark attack Saturday, officials said. The 7-foot-long great which shark bit the victim on the upper right side about 9:30 am, Rick Flores, a Los Angeles County Fire spokesman said.
The man suffered puncture wounds described as moderate injuries. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was conscious and breathing on his own, Flores said. After initially reported to be in critical condition, the swimmer is now said to be in stable condition, authorities said.
The great white shark attack occurred when a person was fishing off the Manhattan Beach Pier and hooked the shark. He spent over 30 minutes trying to reel the shark in, which Flores said, made the shark agitated.
The victim was in a group of long-distance swimmers about 300 yards off the beach, where Flores said the shark bit the man while he was swimming.
The fisherman cut the line and a surfer put the injured swimmer on his board, pulling the victim ashore with the help of Los Angeles County lifeguards.
The victim’s identity was not immediately released, but Flores described him as a middle-aged man.
The shark remained in the area for 20 minutes after and then disappeared into the water, Flores said. It has not been located at this time.
The beaches remained open, but a mile-long stretch was temporarily off limits to swimmers, Flores said, as lifeguards patrolled in boats to ensure the waters were clear.
A sheriff’s helicopter quickly overhead ordered swimmers and surfers out of the water, according to the Hermosa Beach Patch.
A little after 2 p.m. Manhattan Beach lifeguards gave swimmers the ok to return into the water.
Man Survives Great White Shark Attack in Southern California