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Shark Bites Man Off Southern California Beach

Updated: Saturday, July 5 2014, 07:19 PM CDT

Authorities say a 7-foot-long great white shark bit a man swimming off of Southern California's Manhattan Beach.

Rick Flores, a Los Angeles County Fire spokesman, said Saturday that the victim was bitten on the upper right side about 9:30 a.m., suffering puncture wounds described as moderate. The victim was taken to a hospital conscious and breathing on his own.

Flores says a person fishing off the Manhattan Beach Pier hooked the shark and spent over 30 minutes trying to reel it in, which made the shark agitated.

The victim was in a group of long-distance swimmers about 300 yards off the beach, where Flores says the shark bit the man.

The fisherman cut the line and a surfer put the injured swimmer on his board, taking him ashore. (Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Graf Diving

Shark Bites Man Off Southern California Beach


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