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Fatal Shark Attack Near Solana Beach

solana beach shark attackBreaking: We have just received word that there has been a fatal shark attack at ‘Tabletops’ near Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, Ca. Apparently the man bled to death after the shark bit both legs below the knee, severing one of his legs.

Witnesses say the man, who has been identified as 66 year-old David Martin, was swimming with a group this morning around 7:30 AM and was about 150 yards offshore when they noticed he began to struggle. Nearby surfers paddled over to help the man and discovered both of his legs had been bitten by the shark, one of them being severed. Both swimmers from the mans group and the surfers helped the man to shore. By the time they reached the beach there was no saving him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coast Guard helicopters have been called in to assist officials on the scene and they are clearing people from the surrounding beaches and waters. Most of the local beaches within a 7 mile radius are closed at this time until further notice. The shark is believed to be a 12-17 foot White Shark and the coast guard is actively looking for it. If they find the shark they will do nothing to harm it, only monitor it’s activity and make sure that any nearby waters are cleared.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the victim. This is the first fatal shark attack in the San Diego area in 50 years.

Stay tuned – We will update this post as we receive more information.

Thanks to reader JFaris for this tip.


Posted by Cameron on Friday, April 25th, 2008 in Surfing.

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6 Responses to “Fatal Shark Attack Near Solana Beach”

  • Chris Says:

    I heard on the news all the way over here in New York that all the beaches are closed right now down there. And that is is estimated to be a Great White.

  • Cameron Says:

    It was a white. All the beaches aren’t closed, just within a couple mile radius. I paddled out to ‘D’ Street around noon and that’s not far from the incident. The life guards were just warning people but they still allowed you out.

  • Chraleysurf Says:

    Sad news but the reality of it is that this is a very rare occurance. Thousands of people die everyday doing things that we never think twice about yet when a shark attacks it’s the shot heard round the world. Getting attacked by a shark has never even crossed my mind here in san diego, but I guess now it’s something to think about.

  • Brett Borders Says:

    I have seen many sharks in the water while snorkeling, but I never thought much of them. Sorry to hear this news!

  • Kalyn Says:

    im sorry for the familys loss. but fyi your more likely to be killed by a coconut falling on ur head than getting attacked by a shark, yet its always all over the news

  • Jammer Says:

    FYI Kalyn: (from Wikipedia, just one of the many sources I could quote)
    “Falling coconut deaths are often used as a comparison to shark attacks; the claim is often made that a person is more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark. However, there is no evidence of people being killed in this manner.” I have been chased out of the water by sharks a few times but never have I been threatened by a COCONUT. So stop trying to give COCONUTS a bad name!

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