A California swimmer was bitten by a shark at Del Mar Beach

A California swimmer was bitten by a shark at Del Mar Beach


The beach was closed after a woman was bitten by a shark at the famous Del Mar Beach in Southern California on Friday morning.

The 50-year-old woman was bitten on the right thigh, explained Jon Edelbrock, the chief lifeguard at the beach.

She was treated for stab wounds and lacerations and was sent to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in stable condition, according to Edelbrock.

The woman was swimming past the surf line, an area frequented by recreational swimmers, Edelbrock said. The lifeguard on duty spotted the woman and another swimmer with an “unusual back,” according to Edelbrock.

Another swimmer started waving his arms, and lifeguards swam out to help, he added.

A shark bite has never occurred at Del Mar Beach and is only the fourth incident to occur in the county in the past 15 years, Edelbrock said.

The beach is expected to be closed for 48 hours and is expected to reopen around 9 a.m. Sunday, according to Edelbrock.

In 2021, there were only 73 confirmed, unprovoked shark bites to humans, according to data from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.

Del Mar Beach is located 30 minutes north of San Diego.

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