Saturday 3 December 2016

Shark bite victim all smiles in hospital bed photo

Published 06/06/2016 | 20:56

Maria Korcsmaros recovering in her hospital bed (Alex Korcsmaros/Orange County Global Medical Centre via AP)
Maria Korcsmaros recovering in her hospital bed (Alex Korcsmaros/Orange County Global Medical Centre via AP)

A woman who was attacked by a shark in California was all smiles in a photograph taken as she recovers from a large bite wound that stretches from her shoulder to her pelvis.

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The photo provided by Orange County Global Medical Centre shows Maria Korcsmaros, 52, grinning in her hospital bed, wearing a gown with a cast covering nearly the entire length of her right arm.

Ms Korcsmaros - a mother and triathlete - is expected to recover from the bite she received on May 29 at Corona Del Mar State Beach, doctors said. The shark that attacked her was not found.

The large single bite she suffered suggests the shark was more than 10ft long and most likely a great white, said Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach.

Authorities have reopened a two-mile stretch of Sunset Beach and Surfside Beach that shut down after several sharks were spotted on Sunday off the coast.

A sheriff's helicopter crew saw the sharks off Sunset Beach in the city of Huntington Beach. The animals were estimated to be at least 8ft long and 150 yards from shore.

Closures following a shark sighting typically last between 12 to 24 hours.

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