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Shark Warning Lifted

Update
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

A shark warning for south Carlsbad beaches was lifted Monday morning, following no additional sightings of the shark that attacked a 13 year old boy at Beacon's beach in Encinitas Saturday. 


Original Story

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Lifeguards have posted signs and are patrolling by truck and personal watercraft from South Ponto beach in Carlsbad to Swami’s in Encinitas, advising people to stay out of the water as a precaution following Saturday morning’s shark attack at Beacon's beach in Encinitas. 

According to City of Encinitas lifeguards, at about 6:55 a.m. Saturday, a 13 year old boy was bitten by a shark and sustained traumatic injuries to his torso. He was reportedly 150-200 feet off shore in about nine feet of water diving for lobsters. Today is the first day of the local lobster season. See City of Encinitas news release.

Three people nearby in the water, including an off duty state lifeguard and off duty oceanside police officer, assisted the boy to shore in a kayak, where he received care from Encinitas lifeguards, who were already on the beach due to a special event planned for Saturday morning. The boy was taken by air ambulance to a regional hospital. The City of Carlsbad does not have information about his current condtion.

The incident occurred at Beacon’s beach, about two miles south of the Carlsbad border.

For the next 48 hours, beaches south of La Costa are under a “soft closure,” meaning people are being told to stay out of the water. Those beaches are managed by the City of Encinitas lifeguards. South Ponto in Carlsbad, which is managed by California State Parks, is under a warning, with the public being “advised” to stay out of the water. Lifeguard protocols generally call for a one mile area to be posted following a shark incident.

The City of Carlsbad Police Department is assisting with drone patrols of the water.

State Parks owns and manages most of the beaches in Carlsbad. The stretch of beach from Oak Avenue to the northern border with Oceanside is not part of the State Parks system and is currently patrolled by City of Carlsbad lifeguards. This area is outside of the warning area established by State Parks. Carlsbad lifeguards had already planned to be on duty in the north beach area this weekend from sunrise to sunset due to weather and surf conditions.

According to the United States Lifesaving Association Guideline: Shark Bite Prevention and Response, the danger of injury or death from a shark bite is far less than from drowning, near-drowning or other beach related injuries. The USLA recommends following the following guidelines to protect against shark attacks.  

September 29, 2018