A horror shark attack on a popular beach has seen crowds of sunseekers flee in panic.
A man had to be hospitalized after sustaining serious bite wounds to his stomach and leg following the incident at Lovers Point Beach in Monterey Bay, California.
He had been surfing about 150 meters into the sea at 10:35 a.m. local time on Wednesday June 22 when he was attacked by the marine mammal.
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Everyone on the beach was ordered to evacuate after the attack, with firefighters later using drones to search for the shark.
No further sightings of the creature were reported, as the beach remained closed Wednesday night.
A statement from the Pacific Grove Police Department said: “Pacific Grove Police, Monterey Fire Department, American Medical Response (AMR) and State Parks were quickly on the scene.
“The adult swimmer was seriously injured by the shark bite and was taken to Hospital Natividad by AMR.
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“In an abundance of caution, the Monterey Fire Department, with assistance from the Seaside Fire Department, deployed a drone to conduct an aerial search of the area for the shark.”
“At the time of this publication, there have been no additional sightings. The area will continue to be monitored during the closure.”
The identity of the victim has not yet been released.