Shark sightings prompt beach closure in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A shark seen swimming off the coast of Oceanside prompted lifeguards to close the city's ocean shoreline Tuesday.

Due to a sighting of a 9-foot hammerhead shark, Oceanside lifeguards  temporarily closed the city's ocean shoreline from Wisconsin Avenue to Harbor Beach.

There were two sightings reported Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Officials said a lifeguard heard a group of people yelling "shark! shark!" He then saw it while on the pier.

Police officers are on a boat offshore to keep an eye out for the shark, according to city officials, who say the affected areas will reopen after authorities determine that it is no longer in the area.

At about 2:30 p.m., authorities reopened the beaches to the public.