Hammerhead shark bites diver off San Diego coast


US Coast Guard hoisted a shark bite victim off a boat 100 miles from the San Diego coast on August 13, 2015.

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SAN DIEGO — A man bit by a shark was recovering Thursday following an airlift rescue from a boat about 100 miles off the San Diego coast.

Just after 8 a.m. Monday, Coast Guard officials received a report of a 58-year-old man bitten on the right hand by hammerhead shark. The man was reportedly diving when he was attacked.

An EMT onboard the passenger vessel performed basic first aid before the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter arrived on the scene, officials said.

The victim was airlifted at about 10 a.m. and arrived in San Diego shortly before 11 a.m.

He was taken in stable condition to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest, Coast Guard officials said.

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