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Published on June 05, 2024
Del Mar Beaches Reopen After Shark Attack Leaves Swimmer Injured, San Diego Community on AlertSource: City of Del Mar

Del Mar's stretch of coastline, known for its scenic beauty and popular with swimmers and surfers, has reopened following a 48-hour closure due to a shark attack, according to a local government press release. The attack, which occurred on June 2 around 9 a.m. 100 yards offshore from Del Mar's Beach Safety Center at 17th Street, resulted in significant injuries to a 46-year-old male swimmer—he was subsequently hospitalized with wounds to his torso, left arm, and hand, detailed in a city announcement.

The closure, from 6th Street to North Beach, adhered to California Marine Safety Chiefs Association guidelines and recommendations from the Shark Lab at California State University Long Beach. However, the beaches reopened in time for the anticipated Memorial Day holiday crowds despite recent events, including this attack, another from last November, and a surfer incident last week near San Clemente, which is concerning and has put local authorities and beachgoers on high alert, as Hoodline reports.

This latest incident marks the second attack in the area within seven months, raising questions about marine safety and the hidden dangers in the water. According to the Hoodline article, the victim was a regular among a group of ocean swimmers, and he is now recovering from the non-life-threatening but serious injuries sustained in the attack.

Lifeguards remind beachgoers to swim with a buddy within lifeguarded areas, which operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., to help prevent such incidents and ensure immediate assistance is available—a precaution that becomes all the more poignant as locals and visitors alike return to the reopened beaches. Jonathon Edelbrock, Del Mar’s Chief Lifeguard and Community Services Director, noted poor visibility in the water at the time of the attack, as mentioned in a statement obtained by the Times of San Diego.