A couple of weeks ago while swimming at one of the world’s best beaches,Keawakpu Beach, in Kihei on the island of Maui–a short distance from Wailea, a swimmer from Georgia spotted a great white shark and alerted everyone who was nearby to get out of water, which we did pretty darn fast. In fact it was such a scare we stayed out for a few hours before plunging back into the balmy seas.
Well now here we are back in Los Angeles and guess what? Nearly 3,000-miles across the seaa from Hawaii, a seven-foot long shark bit a swimmer in the ocean off Manhattan Beach today, July 5, at around 9:30 a.m. We weren’t there thankfully, but it’s all over the TV, radio and Internet news. What’s more according to the video attached with this article, and other sources, shark attacks are expected to increase this summer, so be careful out there.
According to The Patch, today’s shark attack took place after the predator was hooked by a fisherman. “A police lieutenant with the Manhattan Beach Police Department said officers were dispatched to the scene at 9:29 a.m. for a report of “an ocean rescue, male in the water.” “The shark bit the man in his upper right torso, said County Fire Inspector Rick Flores. He told The Associated Press that the 40-year-old victim suffered puncture wounds and that he was part of a group in the water for training.” The man is reported to be in stable condition, conscious and breathing on his own. The Patch reported added that Flores said the fisherman cut the line when the swimmer was bit and that a surfer loaded him on his board and brought him ashore with the help of lifeguards warning swimmers to get out of the water.
Authorities closed a two-mile stretch of water along the beach, one mile on each side of the Manhattan Beach pier, the focal point of an area sandwiched between El Segundo, and Hermosa Beach and popular with volleyballers and surfers. The shark was spotted by a helicopter crew later today about 200 feet north of the pier.
Friends who live in the area said it was frightening especially because this is one of the busiest days of the summer for the beach. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the ocean this summer stay vigilent and swim close to shore.
Patti Pietschmann's been plugged into the LA scene for years as author of Harper Collins' best selling ACCESS travel, former contributing editor to LA Magazine and various radio gigs. She has traveled the world with her husband Richard, on assignments and for personal pleasure, has enjoyed hundreds of cruises (she and Richard started young), eaten in restaurants around the globe, spa hopped, trekked, hiked and hit the ground running. The former Teen Editor of Newsday in New York, Patti was also a co-west coast editor of Departures Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such diverse media as Cruisecritic.com, LA Times, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Virtuoso's Voyage, Luxurydomain.com, Bel-air Magazine, Priority Magazine, dozens of in-flight magazines, and more.