MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — A great white shark fighting to free itself from a fisherman’s line has attacked and injured a swimmer off the coast of Southern California.
KTLA-TV reported that it happened Saturday morning near the Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles.
Officials said a fisherman hooked the shark and tried reeling it in for 30 to 40 minutes when a group of long-distance swimmers swam by the scene around 9:20 a.m.
The shark bit the 40-year-old swimmer’s upper torso area then released him, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division’s spokesman Rick Flores.
The man began screaming and people tried to swim out of the water. Cellphone video captured the dramatic scene.
Authorities said the victim was hospitalized and is said to be in stable condition.
Sheriff’s deputies in a helicopter later assisted a lifeguard boat and patrol boat in coaxing the shark into deeper waters and away from the pier.
Read more: KTLA-TV