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United States - Shark attack in California leaves swimmer with significant injuries, police say

Event category

Biological origin - Animal attack

Severity

Low

Event date (UTC)

2022-06-23 03:29:13

Last update (UTC)

2022-06-23 03:29:19

Latitude

36.635586

Longitude

-121.9189

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Lovers Point Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California

A swimmer in California was attacked by a shark Wednesday and suffered what police described as significant injuries. The attack happened at around 10:35 a.m. off Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, a city of around 15,000 in Monterey County, south of San Jose, police said. Police said in a statement that other swimmers jumped in to help the man. Officials launched an aerial drone to search for the shark, but it has not been spotted. All beaches in Pacific Grove will be closed until Saturday as a precaution, the police department said. Pacific Grove City Council member Joe Amelia told NBC affiliate KSBW of Salinas that the man was a surfer and that he suffered serious injuries to his stomach and a leg. Shark attacks on humans in California are rare, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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