Boy, 13, attacked by shark in California while diving for lobsters

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A boy, 13, was diving for lobsters when he was attacked by a shark off the southern Californian coast.

A shark attacked and injured a 13-year-old boy Saturday while he was diving for lobster in California on the opening day of lobster season, officials said.

He was immediately taken aboard a kayak by three people also lobster diving nearby, including an off-duty police officer, off-duty lifeguard.

Chad Hammel told Fox 5 San Diego: 'I realized that he was yelling, "I got bit!" Hammel paddled the victim to shore with the help of an off-duty lifeguard that pulled the vessel while swimming.

"There was a big ol' wake of blood behind him", Hammel described what he saw when he approached the victim, "He flopped on top [of the kayak] and his entire back was open". "The shark hit him in the clavicle".

"Luckily we got him out of the water because once we threw him up on the kayak and started heading in, that's when I looked back and the shark was behind the kayak".

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Mr Hammel and his companions brought the boy ashore, where they applied pressure to his injuries and beachgoers called for an ambulance.

'At this time, we have not received additional reports of any shark sightings in the area but are advising the public to stay out of the water, ' Lifeguard Captain Larry Giles said. I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: "'There's a shark in the water!'" Giles said the trio provided a "tremendous amount of aid to that young man".

Witnesses estimated the shark was about 11ft long.

The waters off about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of beach were ordered closed for 48 hours, and a nearby surfing competition was canceled before it got underway.

The most recent fatal shark attack in the area was in 2008 when a swimmer was killed at Solana Beach.

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