Kayaker bites shark near Catalina Island, California
A shark bit a kayaker near Catalina Island off Southern California early Wednesday morning, rescuers said.
The youngster, a Boy Scout, was kayaking with his father at Parson’s Landing when a shark hit the kayak around 7:15 a.m., a Twitter post from Los Angeles County Fire Rescuers said.
The boy put his hand in the water and was bitten by the shark, officials said. A helicopter took the boy to hospital in stable condition due to the remoteness.
Scout officials identified the boy as a youth attending a boy scout camp in Emerald Bay, KTLA reported. They described his injuries as not life threatening.
The boy’s father is unharmed, according to the station.
The size and species of the shark are not known. Shark experts will be consulted to try to identify the type of shark involved, rescuers said.
Rescuers cleaned up and closed the ocean for a mile in each direction, the post said. It will remain closed for at least 24 hours.