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Woman attacked by shark while swimming near San Diego

A shark attacked a woman Friday in Pacific waters off San Diego, officials said.

According to John Edelbrock, lifeguard chief of the city of Del Mar, the woman was treated for punctures and bruising wounds in her upper right thigh. He has got stitches and is recovering.

The shark may be a juvenile white shark, Edelbrock said, but officials are waiting for scientists to confirm it. Juvenile white sharks often swim in waters off the shoreline of Del Mar.

Edelbrock said a lifeguard saw the woman and her friend just after 10 a.m. when they were on their way back to shore after swimming more than a mile. His strokes changed and the friend was a few hundred yards from the beach, but was waving a helping hand in the waters outside the surf zone.

He said lifeguards, who did not see the shark, helped the couple back to shore.

The beach is now closed for at least 48 hours as part of the city’s shark bite protocol.

“He was a hardworking swim buddy,” Edelbrock said. “They both maintained themselves quite well.”

The city of Del Mar is about 20 miles north of San Diego.

An 8-foot-long juvenile white shark died on Sunday off the coast of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and State Beach, according to KSWB-TV. It’s about 3 miles south of Friday’s attack.

Last month, a man was bitten in the leg By a shark while surfing at Centerville Beach, south of Eureka in Northern California. Surgeons closed his open wounds, which stretched to about 19 inches, or the length of the shark’s mouth.

In June, there was a man bitten by a great white shark Off the Central California Coast. The hospital said the 62-year-old was released from Natividad Medical Center in Salinas three weeks after being bitten by a swimming shark from Pacific Grove near Monterey.

Last Christmas Eve, a 42-year-old Sacramento man was Killed in a shark attack in Central California’s Morro Bay,

shark attack Worldwide increased in 2021 After three consecutive years of decline, officials said in January. America reported the most Unprovoked shark bites in 2021With 47 confirmed events – 64% of the worldwide total.

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