California beach closed after shark knocks man off paddleboard
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A shark off the central California coast knocked a paddleboarder and his dog off his board on 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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Officials said the paddle board device would be tested to determine the species of the 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.
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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 members of our community and visitors to contact local public safety agencies in the event of a shark encounter,” officials said.
This is not the first shark incident in California waters or at Pacific Grove.
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Steve Bruemmer, 62, was bitten there by a great white shark in June.