Great white shark horror as predator attacks swimmer in front of terrified pal

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    A woman has been attacked by a great white shark while swimming as her terrified friend watched on.

    The victim suffered puncture and laceration wounds to her upper right thigh, which she was treated for in hospital.

    It was reported that she has received stitches for her injuries and is now recovering well.

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    Jon Edelbrock, lifeguard chief for the city of Del Mar, said that the woman was attacked while swimming in the waters off San Diego.

    He said that the shark may have been a juvenile great white shark, though officials are waiting for scientists to confirm that.

    A lifeguard spotted that the women were in danger as he saw them in the water just after 10am on Friday.

    They were heading back to shore after swimming more than a mile, when their strokes changed.

    The friend started to frantically wave their hands for help as they were a few hundred metres from the beach, but outside of the surf zone.

    The lifeguard helped the friends back to shore as safely as possible, but did not spot the juvenile great white shark – which are often spotted swimming in the Pacific waters off Del Mar's shoreline.

    Speaking of how well the incident was handled, Jon said: "She had a diligent swim buddy. They both maintained their composure quite well."

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    The beach has been closed for at least 48 hours since the incident.

    Local reports said that an 8ft-long juvenile great white shark washed up dead on Sunday on the shores of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and State Beach, nearly three miles south of the attack – just days after the attack on Friday.

    Park Ranger Dylan Hardenbrook discovered the dead juvenile female shark as he said: "It is both illegal and unfortunate. It is illegal to intentionally hunt or fish for great white sharks, they are protected."

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