Swimmer attacked by shark at Southern California beach

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A Southern California beach was closed Sunday morning after a swimmer was reportedly attacked by a shark, KTLA sister station KSWB/KUSI reports.

Officials from Del Mar, about 20 miles north of San Diego, said a 46-year-old man was bit by a shark shortly before 9 a.m., about 100 yards offshore from the Beach Safety Center at 17th Street.

The man was reportedly among about a dozen ocean swimmers who meet regularly to train in Del Mar. A city official said lifeguards witnessed a swimmer helping another swimmer and responded to the area, not yet realizing someone had been bitten.

The man suffered visible bites to his torso, left arm, and hand. He was transported by ambulance to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. City officials said his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Shortly after the incident, lifeguards were seen posting signs in the area of 17th Street that read, “SHARK INCIDENT, DO NOT ENTER.” The post date was noted as June 2, 2024.

“In accordance with protocols developed by the California Marine Safety Chiefs Association and the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach, lifeguards have posted signs and closed Del Mar beaches for swimming and surfing one mile in both directions from the incident —roughly from 6th Street to North Beach— and have notified neighboring jurisdictions,” the city stated.

Roughly 40 miles to the north, in San Clemente, authorities closed a popular beach for the Memorial Day holiday after a shark bumped a surfer off his board the night before. The surfer wasn’t injured, but the beach remained closed for 24 hours.

A sighting of a shark 10 feet or longer calls for a closure, usually for several hours, while any kind of aggressive behavior automatically prompts a 24-hour shutdown, pending no additional shark sightings.

The Associated Press contributed to this developing story.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.