Swimmer mauled by great white shark at California beach

Swimmer attacked by great white shark at California beach
Shark Bites Swimmer at California Beach

A long-distance swimmer has been attacked by a great white shark on a popular southern California beach.

Steven Robles, 40, was swimming at Manhattan Beach at around 9.30am on Saturday morning, when he went too close to a fishing line, and was attacked by the shark, which had been snagged for around an hour, reports the Metro.

The shark reportedly panicked and bit Robles in the ribs, back and right arm, causing multiple puncture wounds.

Surfer Casey Fenwick was in the water near the victim at the time. According to the Daily Mail, he said: "There was blood everywhere and I realised that something had gotten him.

"He was screaming the whole time and I understand why.

"I was just worried about getting this guy in and on the board so somebody could help."

According to CBS Local News, while lifeguards estimated the shark to be seven-foot long, LA County Sheriffs flying overhead said they believed the animal was 10-feet long.

Robles had been with 15 other swimmers who were all preparing for an upcoming international swim meet.

LA City Lifeguard Captain Tracy Lizotte said: "We had pulled the victim into the beach, and we were doing treatment, and then the line was cut to the shark and the shark swam away."

The shark was then coaxed out to deeper water.

Robles is in a stable condition at UCLA Harbor Medical Centre.

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