A stretch of Newport Beach remained closed to swimmers Monday as officials continue investigating a shark attack in the water off Corona del Mar that left a woman with bloody bites on her body.
No ocean access will be allowed until at least Tuesday morning in the section of Newport Beach that stretches from the Balboa Pier south to the city’s border with Crystal Cove State Beach, said Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan. The latest closure is a change from Sunday’s closure area that extended from Corona del Mar State Beach to Newport Pier.
Newport Beach lifeguards and police will be evacuating anyone who enters the water in this area, Finnigan said.
“We’ve resumed our search of the water by boat this morning and a police helicopter will be also helping us,’ said Chief Lifeguard Rob Williams of the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Marine Operations Division.
A lifeguard rescue boat was on patrol at 4:15 p.m. Sunday when lifeguards noticed a female swimmer in distress about 150 yards offshore from Corona del Mar State Beach, Finnigan said.
“A veteran lifeguard says he saw bite marks on her torso,” she said. The woman was conscious and talking as she was taken to O.C. Global Medical Center.
A hospital spokesman confirmed that the wounds were indeed shark bites, Finnigan said.
She did not have an update on the victim’s condition Monday.
City lifeguards have continued to search the waters by boat and air with help from the Huntington Beach Police Department. They have not spotted a shark or any significant marine life activity since the attack on Sunday.
— Staff and wire reports
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