Swimmer in California bitten by great white shark

Great White shark bites long distance swimmer off coast near Los Angeles.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   July 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- A great white shark being reeled in by a fisherman bit a nearby swimmer near Manhattan Beach Pier in Los Angeles County, officials said.

A fisherman had been attempting to reel in the shark for about 30 to 40 minutes when some long-distance swimmers got close to the scene Saturday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department Lifeguard Division's spokesman Rick Flores said.

The shark bit one of the swimmers in the torso as he swam by.

"There was the long-distance swimmers coming from Hermosa [Beach]. At the wrong place, at the wrong time, they swam right into him, unknowingly," the fisherman, whose name wasn't reported, said.

The swimmer was taken to the trauma center at UCLA Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. The injured swimmer was conscious and able to breath on his own the the entire time of his rescue.

Sheriff's officials and a lifeguard boat coaxed the shark back into deeper waters. The shark was estimated to be between 7 and 10 feet long.

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