Teenager diving for lobsters attacked by shark and airlifted to the hospital

Lifeguard on the beach and a shark

Lifeguard on the beach and a shark

Another witness told NBC that roughly 30 people were also in the water at the time during the attack, catching lobster.

Fox 5 San Diego reports the attack occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, north of San Diego.

A 13-year-old boy was attacked early Saturday by a shark while diving for lobsters in waters off Encinitas, California, near San Diego, authorities said.

Chad Hammel, who was out with a group of friends diving for lobster, helped rescue the boy and bring him to safety on his kayak. At first he thought it was the excited yell of a fellow lobster diver. "I realized that he was yelling, 'I got bit! I got bit!'" Hammel said.

"I paddled to him and there was a big wake of blood behind him".

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The boy was flown to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries to his upper body. "We told him he's going to be OK, he's going to be all right - we got help. His entire back was open", the witness said.

The group applied pressure to the wounds while beachgoers called paramedics, who put the victim in a helicopter. I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: "'There's a shark in the water!'"

The victim was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital, said hospital spokesman Carlos Delgado.The extent of the boy's injuries was not released.

Although beaches in the area have been closed for the next 48 hours, Giles added that there has been no other shark sightings or activity reported in the area.

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