Teen attacked by shark in Southern California

A boy injured by a shark at a beach in California. Pic @JohnRobbins

The victim was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital, said hospital spokesman Carlos Delgado.The extent of the boy's injuries was not released.

The attack occurred just before 7am local time, during the opening hour of California's popular spiny lobster season.

The rescuers applied pressure to the boy's wounds while beachgoers called paramedics.

Authorities have closed the area between Pompano Beach and Swami's Beach for at least 48 hours.

Giles said that Encinitas lifeguards responded to the scene relatively quickly as they were set to go on duty around that time, and immediately began providing basic life support.

Two other bystanders, an off-duty police officer and an off-duty state parks lifeguard, helped load the injured boy onto Hammel's kayak to carry him to shore, reported KFMB.

Hammel says he heard screaming and then realised the boy was yelling, "I got bit!" Hammel paddled the victim to shore with the help of an off-duty lifeguard that pulled the vessel while swimming.

After clearing the ocean area of surfers and swimmers lifeguards watch over the waters off Beacon's Beach after authorities said a young boy was attacked by a shark in Encinitas California
Image The boy was bitten at Beacon's Beach and is in critical condition

The beach adivsory is expected to continue until 7 a.m. Monday, "unless there are other shark activities in the area", Lois Yum, city of Encinitas spokesperson, said in a press release.

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 3.3 metres long, but Giles says the species hasn't been determined.

Witnesses were unsure exactly what kind of shark attacked the boy. The Stone Steps Invitational Surf Contest scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

A teenager has been attacked by a shark while diving for lobsters, in the US. "I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: 'There's a shark in the water!'"

The shark has not been seen since the attack. The man suffered a single bite wound on the right side of his rib cage.

A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being bitten by a shark at a U.S. beach.

This article was originally posted at 9:45 p.m.

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