A 40-year-old man was bitten by the seven-foot juvenile shark just before 9.30 a.m. at Manhattan Beach. Terrified swimmers screamed ‘white! white!’ in fears a Great White Shark was on the prowl. Swimmers were barred from the water for hours until authorities pushed the vicious beast into deeper water.
A man was mauled by a great white shark this weekend at a popular southern California beach.
The unidentified 40-year-old man was bitten by a seven-foot great white shark around 9.30 a.m. Saturday morning at Manhattan Beach after the beast escaped from a fisherman.
He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries as helicopters and boats scrambled to urge people out of the bloody water to avoid further attacks.
The shark had reportedly been hooked by a fisherman, panicked and bit the innocent swimmer in the ribs, back and right arm, causing multiple puncture wounds, police told Redondo Patch.
He was in the water while part of a group training, the site said, and was still conscious when loaded into the ambulance.
More than half an hour prior to the attack, a fisherman hooked the beast, but set it loose when it attacked the swimmer, witnesses told Patch.
The ailing man was taken ashore by surfers while lifeguards urged people to get to the shore and helicopters soon began hovering over the beach.
A surfer in the water near the victim told the New York Daily News of the terrifying attack.
‘There was blood everywhere and I realized that something had gotten him,’ said Casey Fenwick. ‘He was screaming the whole time and I understand why.
‘I was just worried about getting this guy in and on the board so somebody could help.’
Video from the scene shows the bedlam that ensued as the man was pulled to safety.
Two-miles of the beach were closed while authorities worked to move the shark into deeper water, said cops.
‘The deputies directed a lifeguard boat and a Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol boat to the shark,’ said a police statement. ‘A paddle boarder was directed away from the shark by the boat crews.
‘After approximately 30 minutes, the boats were able to coax the shark out to deeper water and away from the pier.’
A witness told the Los Angeles Times people began screaming ‘white! white!’ for a great white shark.
‘It was a scary scream,’ said Aram Ozen. ‘It was kind of freaky. There was a lot people screaming back to shore.’
Another witness detailed the horror to Patch.
‘The shark was 6-7 feet. A fisherman who regularly tries to catch sharks had it on the line for 45 minutes,’ said Scot Valor. ‘The shark was panicking. The swimmer just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
The beach has since been reopened. The man’s is in stable condition at a local hospital.
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