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Shark attacks man at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove

Written by Javed Iqbal

A man was attacked and seriously injured by a shark in the water off Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, a California coastal town 118 miles south of San FranciscoWednesday morning, officials said.

The Pacific Grove Police Department received a call about the incident at 10:40 a.m., Shayla Hoffman, a spokeswoman for the department, told SFGATE. The department said the adult man was swimming.

The man was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, Hoffman said. His condition is unknown.


Sea Palm turnout and the beach and shore at Lovers Point are closed through Saturday.

“They use a drone to try to locate the shark in the water,” Hoffman said.

The type of shark that bit the man is unknown.

Lovers Point Park is a popular gathering place in Pacific Grove with a sandy beach and a stretch of grass with cliffs in the western edge that run into the ocean.

Shark attacks in California are not common, but occur occasionally. Nearly a year ago, on June 28, a 35-year-old man was swimming out of Gray Whale Cove State Beach on the San Mateo County coast when he was bitten in the leg by a 6- to 8-foot-tall great white shark.

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