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Shark bites man, causing temporary beach closure

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The swimmer was bitten by a shark struggling to get free from a fisherman's line. (Source: KABC/CNN) The swimmer was bitten by a shark struggling to get free from a fisherman's line. (Source: KABC/CNN)

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA (KABC/CNN) – A swimmer was hospitalized but was expected to survive after a shark attack on Saturday.

The incident prompted the temporary closure of the beach.

The swimmer was bitten by a shark struggling to get free from a fisherman's line 200 yards from the pier.

"And I heard some screaming … that was like nothing heard before," Jeff Garnevicus, a witness to the attack, said.

Garnevicus was surfing near the pier and paddled over to help.

The swimmer was with a group of long-distance swimmers, who were trying to help their friend.

"The paddle board happened to get to him before I did,” Garnevicus said. “He had a bigger board than I did and started to yank him up as everybody tried to get him on the paddle board. That's when we noticed the big gouge out of his side."

Lifeguards say the 40-year-old swimmer has moderate injuries from the teeth of a 6- to 7-foot-long juvenile great white.

"When I saw the injury, it wasn't a full-size bite. It was under - it was in the torso, just under the arm." Capt. Tracy Lizlotte, Los Angeles County lifeguard, said.

Great whites are common in the waters off Manhattan Beach.

Eric Martin, who works at the Roundhouse Aquarium on the pier, says that this may have been what's known as a "response bite."

"It's where the shark is hooked in the lip, and he's trying to shake the hook,” Martin said. “His mouth is opening and closing, opening and closing, shaking his head, and when he's doing that, of course, he's, you know, his teeth are coming out. And we think the swimmer just happened to be at the wrong place at the, say, wrong time."

Authorities monitored the shark until it swam out to sea.

A fishing ban is in place at Manhattan Beach for the next several days.

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