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Old 04-25-2008
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Deadly Shark attack this morning

This happened this morning just a short way up the coast

A group of nine swimmers entered the water near Fletcher Cove at about 7 a.m. for a morning ocean swim, according to Lt. Mike Clea of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. They swam northward, and while they were swimming, a 66-year-old man was bitten on both thighs, Clea said.

Other swimmers looked back and saw the man flailing before he was pulled under the water, Clea said. Witnesses said the victim was screaming when he resurfaced. Several other swimmers came to his aid and pulled the man to shore.

Lifeguards arrived and a helicopter ambulance was called, but the victim bled to death on the beach. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at 7:50 a.m., Clea said.

Helicopter video showed lifeguards, firefighters and police gathered at the main lifeguard station in Solana Beach. What appeared to be the victim's body covered by a yellow tarp was visible under a portable shade structure behind the headquarters.

Officials did not immediately release the name of the victim, but they said he was a member of a local triathlete club called SD Tri Club.

Lifeguards did not know what kind of shark attacked the man, but they speculated that it was a great white. They closed the beaches around Solana Beach to swimmers for several hours. The water was reopened before noon, but officials are strongly recommending people to stay out of the water from Solana Beach north to Carlsbad, NBC 7/39 reported.
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