ORANGE COUNTY: Shark attack closes Newport area beaches

The water is still off-limits to swimmers this morning from the Balboa Pier south to Crystal Cove State Beach. Memorial day swimmers were halted from activities yesterday after a woman suffered injuries consistent with shark bites, according to authorities.

The attack occurred on Sunday, a woman was pulled bleeding from the ocean off Corona del Mar State Beach at 4:15 p.m. The victim had wounds on her torso and arm.

Lifeguards on a patrol boat noticed she was in distress, according to Newport Beach spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.

Lifeguards later searched the water for signs of sharks but “have not spotted a shark or any significant marine life activity,” Finnigan said this morning.

“A spokesman for Orange County Global Medical Center confirmed that the victim’s wounds appear to be consistent with a shark bite,” she said.

“Newport Beach lifeguards and police personnel will continue to evacuate any individual that enters the water in this area until a determination is made that all, some or none of the area can be reopened,” Finnigan said.

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