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A 13-year-old boy who was lobster diving on Saturday is in serious condition after being attacked by a shark at an Encinitas beach.
It happened at the 900 block of Neptune Ave. at Beacon Beach, San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
ABC 10 reports that the attack happened just before 7 am and the unidentified teenager suffered injuries to his torso and was taken to Rady's Children's Hospital via airlift.
"He was stabilized in our trauma bay. He went to surgery. At the request of the family we will not be releasing details as to the nature of his injury or the treatments that were required," said Dr. Tim Fairbanks, chief of pediatric surgery at Rady's.
The boy was still in critical condition on Saturday afternoon but that has now been upgraded to serious condition.
"This patient received very rapid and quick response by the trauma team, the emergency room, the pediatric intensive care unit and the operating room and I’m very proud of the job that they’ve done."
The coastline between La Costa Ave. to Swami's State Beach was closed until Monday morning.
The shark's species has not been identified but it was estimated to be 11-feet long.
The quick thinking of a nearby diver helped rescue the boy shortly after he was bitten.
"We're not in the water for over 30 minutes and we hear screaming," said Chad Hammel, "And then I realized that he was yelling, 'I got bit. Help!'" said Hammel. "We swim over to him, throw him on the kayak ... we're telling him he's going to be ok.
"Luckily we got him out of the water because once we threw him up on the kayak and started heading in, that's when I looked back and the shark was behind the kayak."
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the victim's family with medical costs. That campaign has already raised more than $23k.