13 year-old boy suffers major injuries from shark attack in Encinitas

ENCINITAS (KUSI) – A teenage boy was seriously injured Saturday morning when he was bitten by a shark off the Encinitas shoreline while diving for lobster on the first day of the season.

Dani Ruberti was live at Beacon Beach with the details.

The attack happened just before 7 a.m. at Beacon’s Beach, on Neptune Avenue near Leucadia Boulevard, according to Encinitas officials.

The boy, 13 year-old Keane Hayes, was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. As of Sunday, the boy’s condition has been downgraded to serious and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Sunday, residents came together to send encouraging messages and support to Hayes and his family:

For those wishing to donate to the GoFundMe account, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/keane-hayes-shark-attack-victim

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the GoFundMe had exceeded it’s $20,000 goal in just one day.

Tim Fairbanks, director of pediatric surgery at Rady, told reporters during a Saturday news conference that the boy was stabilized and taken into surgery.

“By the request of the family, we will not be releasing details as to the nature of his injuries or the treatments that were required,” Fairbanks said.

The Solana Beach Lifeguard Captain told KUSI that the boy was lobster diving when he was attacked by an eleven-foot shark, receiving traumatic injuries to his upper torso.

A nearby lobster diver, Chad Hamell, describes how his group found the injured boy and rushed him to shore:

The beach where the attack happened is set to be closed until Monday morning, according to city of Encinitas spokeswoman Lois Yum.

Signs were posted, and a lifeguard patrol boat and a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department helicopter will monitor the area.

No shark activity has been witnessed since the incident, city officials said.

A unified command including officials with California State Parks, California Fish and Game, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the city of Solana Beach and the city of Carlsbad were working with a marine scientist to determine the type of shark that caused the injury.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Related: Beach Safety: Surviving a Shark Attack

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