13-year-old boy attacked by shark, airlifted to trauma center

It was Chad and his friends who helped get the boy ashore while they waited for an air ambulance - when it arrived, he was airlifted to a Rady Children's Hospital where he was treated for his upper body injuries.

The group applied pressure to the wounds while beachgoers called paramedics, who put the victim in a helicopter.

The beach area from La Costa Avenue to Swami's Beach in Encinitas is closed for the next 48 hours.

Hammel, one of about 30 people off Beacon's Beach in Encinitas on Saturday morning for the opening of lobster fishing season, realized the boy had shouted, "I got bit!"

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. Giles said the rescuers included an off-duty police officer.

"Then he kept screaming", Hammel said, according to the station.

The trio pulled the bleeding boy onto their kayak.

"The No. 1 concern was public safety; there were multiple other divers in the area", Giles said, noting that authorities got people out of the water as soon as they could.

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11ft long.

"This is a nonfatal incident; we don't want anybody else getting injured", he said.

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. He says it's still unclear what kind of shark was involved. A nearby surf competition scheduled was also canceled. The shark ripped muscle and flesh from her leg and briefly dragged the woman under the water.

In 2012, a 39-year-old man surfing off the Santa Barbara County coast was killed in a shark attack that occurred off the same beach where a bodyboarder was killed two years earlier.

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

  • Rogelio Becker