Teen attacked by shark at Southern California beach

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A teenage boy attacked by a shark near San Diego had to be airlifted to a hospital on Saturday morning, according to the City of Encinitas Marine Safety Department.

California Fish and Wildlife regulations say that lobster divers must use hoop nets or their hands to capture lobster during lobster diving season, which started at 6 a.m. Saturday.

He added: "He was conscious, he was above water, and the bystanders were able to get him up on the beach. and he was talking all the way to when he was being transported".

Hammel along with an off-duty Oceanside police officer and off-duty state park lifeguard helped get him to shore with their kayak.

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.

Encinitas Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles said that, despite suffering traumatic injuries and being in a critical condition, the boy is expected to survive.

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The boy was brought ashore and flown by helicopter to a trauma centre.

"We're telling him he's going to be OK, that it's going to be all right", said Chad Hammel, one of the people who helped the boy. At first he thought it was the excited yell of a fellow lobster diver. So, we throw him up on there. But then, "I realized that he was yelling, 'I got bit!"

"Sure enough I look back and the shark is following", said Hammel.

Witnesses say the boy was with a group diving for lobster. "His whole clavicle was ripped open", Hammel continued".

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 3.3m long, but the type was not known.

Several miles of the beach were closed off by authorities for 48 hours and a planned surfing competition due to take place was cancelled.