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Shark Bites Swimmer At San Onofre Beach Surfing Spot

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A female swimmer was bitten by a shark off the coast at San Onofre Beach Saturday evening, prompting an airlifted rescue and beach closure, according to the L.A. Times. The woman was wading in the water with another swimmer and two surfers before a shark bit her glute and thigh. The surfers pulled the victim onto a surfboard and dragged her to the shore, where beachgoer Hunter Robinson suggested using a surf leash to constrict the bleeding in her leg, according to the Orange County Register. The victim, believed to be in her 30s, was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and the extent of her injuries are still unknown.

Last June, swimmer Maria Korcsmaros was bitten by a shark in Corona, and recent videos have shown sharks breaching the waters in the area, according to the Orange County Register. Sharks have been spotted further up the coast as well, with a great white captured and released near Huntington Beach Pier back in February.

The surf spot is a popular location known as "Churches," near Camp Pendleton. The beach will remain closed until 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to NBC.