California beach closed after shark knocks man off paddleboard

A shark off the central California coast knocked a paddleboarder and his dog off his board Wednesday morning.

The city of Pacific Grove said the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. local time. off Lovers Point Beach.

The encounter happened about 150 yards from Lovers Point pier.

“During the encounter, the shark swam under, rolled over and bit the paddle board device. The Pacific Grove resident and his dog were ejected from the board during the encounter. They were able to climb back onto the board and paddle to shore unscathed,” the city said.

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A woman plays with her dog along the beach February 7, 2006 in Pacific Grove, California on February 7.
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Officials said the paddleboard device will be tested for determine the species of shark.

The city said it was following California State Parks protocol to close Lovers Point Beach and coastal access from Sea Palm’s stake.

This section of the coast will remain closed until Saturday.

Pink succulent flowers along Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, California.

Pink succulent flowers along Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove, California.
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“Federal, state and local public agencies and volunteers are cleaning beaches and helping visitors get out of local waters. The area will continue to be monitored during the shutdown,” he said.

“We ask our community members and visitors to contact local public safety agencies in the event of a shark encounter,” officials said.

Photo taken in September 2013 shows a man surfing in the sea in Monterey where the starting point of 17-Mile Drive is located in California, United States.

Photo taken in September 2013 shows a man surfing in the sea in Monterey where the starting point of 17-Mile Drive is located in California, United States.
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This is not the first incident with a shark in California waters or at Pacific Grove.

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Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten there by a great white shark in June.

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