NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Lifeguards have closed a Southern California beach after a swimmer was pulled injured from the water with bite marks in a possible shark attack.
Newport Beach lifeguards cleared the water at Corona Del Mar after the medical call came in shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.
Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan says the woman, swimming in a wetsuit, was spotted in distress by a lifeguard boat. She had large bite marks on her upper torso and shoulder and was bleeding heavily.
Finnigan says the woman was conscious and breathing when she was taken the hospital but did not know any more about her condition.
Lifeguard Capt. John Moora says a two-mile stretch of beach will be closed for at least 24 hours.