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Surfer is seriously injured after being attacked by a shark at Monterey Bay in California 

Surfer sustains ‘serious stomach and leg injuries’ after being attacked by shark in California’s Monterey Bay

  • The victim was rushed to Natividad Medical Center at 11 a.m.
  • The attack took place on Lovers Point Beach, 37 miles from the nearest hospital
  • It remains unknown if the victim was engaged in any water activity or if he was swimming alone in the area
  • As a result of the attack, all beaches in the Monterey Bay area have been closed
  • As of June 22, there have been 10 shark attacks in the US this year

A surfer was on the wrong end of a shark attack in California on Wednesday morning and suffered “serious injuries to his stomach and leg.”

The man, who remains unidentified, was bitten on Lovers Point Beach in Monterrey Bay, California, an hour and a half south of San Francisco.

He was immediately taken to Natividad Medical Center – the closest hospital to the beach, even though it is 37 miles from the coast. The attack took place around 11 a.m

It remains unclear whether the man was attacked while doing some sort of aquatic activity or if the shark attacked while he was just swimming.

Jenny McAdams – a councilor for the city of Pacific Grove shared a statement on Facebook: “The surfer’s condition is unknown at this time. After the attack, the shark was seen in the area again.’

‘The beach is closed, everyone has to get out of the water. I will share updates as they become available,” she added.

A shark attack occurred at Lovers Point Beach in Monterrey Bay, California, in which the victim was rushed to hospital after being seriously injured in the stomach and leg

A shark attack occurred at Lovers Point Beach in Monterrey Bay, California, in which the victim was rushed to hospital after being seriously injured in the stomach and leg

Lovers Point Beach (pictured) will remain closed for the next 48 hours as the investigation into the attack is ongoing

Lovers Point Beach (pictured) will remain closed for the next 48 hours as the investigation into the attack is ongoing

The beaches in the area will be closed for the next 48 hours, the Monterey Herald reports.

Rhonda Navarrol, who witnessed the attack, told CBS affiliate KION-TV that the shark was visible from above the water, but she couldn’t identify which type it was.

A press release will follow later in the day as more updates are expected.

As of June 22, there have been 10 shark attacks in the US this year, according to follow sharks

Almost all of them took place in Florida, except for one, which took place in California.

None of them were considered provoked and no deaths have been reported related to the number of shark attacks this year.

If a person encounters a shark in the water, he is advised to remain still and not to swim away.

If the shark does attack, it is recommended to hit it in the nose as hard as possible due to their sensitivity. In most cases, it will scare the shark away.

If the shark is simply circling someone with no immediate threat, then it is advised to just stand still and observe until it swims away.

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