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Saturday 20 September 2014

Shark attacks swimmer after escaping hook

Published 07/07/2014 | 02:30

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Witnesses said the seven foot juvenile shark was thrashing around in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting the swimmer. Thinkstock Images
Witnesses said the seven foot juvenile shark was thrashing around in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting the swimmer. Thinkstock Images

A swimmer was bitten by a great white shark that had freed itself from a hook a fisherman had thrown into the water off a California beach, officials said.

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The man, who was with a group of long-distance swimmers when he swam into the fishing line, was bitten on a side of his rib cage, said Rick Flores, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman.

The man's injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to a hospital conscious and breathing on his own, Mr Flores said.

Witnesses said the seven foot juvenile shark was thrashing around in the water for more than 30 minutes before biting the swimmer about 300 yards off Manhattan Beach at 9.30am.

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