A swimmer was attacked by a 10-foot-long shark today in Manhattan Beach, and lifeguard were using boats to annoy the creature and guide it out to sea.
A long distance swimmer was apparently bitten just before 9:30 a.m., prompting closure of a two-mile stretch of beaches in the middle of the Fourth of July weekend.
Firefighters were dispatched at 9:33 a.m. to 1011 The Strand, she said. That address is about two blocks south of the Manhattan Beach pier.
A police lieutenant with the Manhattan Beach Police Department said officers were dispatched to the scene at 9:29 a.m. on a report of "an ocean rescue, male in the water" call to assist with crowd control.
A photographer posted photos of a swimmer being loaded into an ambulance following the 9:20 a.m. incident.
A sheriff's helicopter was at the beach, ordering people out of the water and presumably looking for the shark, according to the Hermosa Beach Patch.
A county fire dispatcher would not confirm the shark attack but did say that firefighters were assisting Manhattan Beach area lifeguards with a long distance swimmer who was injured.—City News Service