Official says boy's injuries from shark nonfatal

Encinitas Calif the site of a shark attack on Sept. 29

Teen boy attacked by shark in Encinitas

A boy diving for lobsters has been attacked by a shark.

A 13-year-old boy skin diving for lobsters was attacked by a shark Saturday along the Southern California coast but was quickly pulled from the water by other divers and flown to a trauma center, authorities said.

He was immediately taken aboard a kayak by three people also lobster diving nearby, including an off-duty police officer, off-duty lifeguard.

Chad Hammel, who was diving nearby, said he and his friends heard the victim scream for help after being bit and swam over to help.

"Once we got him on the kayak we could really see what happened", Hammel said.

"There was a big ol' wake of blood behind him", Hammel described what he saw when he approached the victim, "He flopped on top [of the kayak] and his entire back was open".

"The shark hit him in the clavicle (collarbone)". We told him he's going to be okay, he's going to be alright - we got help.

The group applied pressure to the wounds while beachgoers called paramedics, who put the victim in a helicopter.

The teen suffered traumatic injuries to the upper torso and was listed in critical condition, officials said.

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".

Mr Giles then praised the kayakers for providing a "tremendous amount of aid to that young man".

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11 feet long, but Giles said the species hasn't been determined.

However, he said that as a precaution, area beaches are closed for 48 hours and they're asking people not to go into the water until it's deemed safe.

In July of 2014, a great white shark attacked a swimmer near the pier in Manhattan Beach.

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