Boy Bitten by Shark in California Expected to Make Full Recovery: Hospital

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
October 1, 2018US News

The 13-year-old boy who was attacked by a shark at a Southern California beach is expected to make a full recovery, said hospital officials.

The boy, identified as Keane Hayes, was bitten by the shark at Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, located near San Diego. The boy was reportedly with a group diving for lobster on Sept. 29, Fox5 in San Diego reported.

“The boy’s parents want to inform family, friends, and the entire community that he is expected to make a full recovery,” said a statement from Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego on Sept. 30, reported The Associated Press.

Keane’s condition was upgraded Sept. 30 from “critical” to “serious,” CBS News reported.

ABC7 reported that the boy was bitten by an approximately 11-foot shark several times.

The teen was identified as Keane by his family, Fox5 reported.

Officials said that about 4 miles of beach stayed closed in the area until at about 7 a.m. local time on Oct. 1, AP reported.

Keane suffered traumatic upper body injuries, but he was conscious and talking while being taken to shore.

A man who aided the teen after the shark attack recalled what happened.

Shark attack in California
Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, Calif. A boy was attacked by a shark on Sept. 29, 2018. (Google Street View)

’10 Feet of Blood’

“I realized he was yelling, ‘I got bit, help, help!’” Chad Hamme, a kayaker, told the Los Angeles Times.

He recalled the amount of blood in the water.

“It’s probably like ten feet of blood behind him. And he’s in a panic. He flops on top of my kayak and his whole clavicle and back is exposed,” he told CBS.

“His whole clavicle was ripped open,” Hammel said of Keane. ”We told him he’s going to be OK, he’s going to be all right … we got help. I yelled at everyone to get out of the water: ‘There’s a shark in the water!’”

Hamme added that the shark followed him and the boy in the water.

“The shark was behind the kayak,” he told the paper. “He didn’t want to give up yet.”

From The Epoch Times

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