Crime & Justice

Fishermen who hooked shark in Manhattan Beach won't be cited

Tourists walk past a fake great white shark on display at the Manhattan Beach Pier. A white shark bit a swimmer as a fisherman was trying to reel it in from the pier.
Tourists walk past a fake great white shark on display at the Manhattan Beach Pier. A white shark bit a swimmer as a fisherman was trying to reel it in from the pier.
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Tourists walk past a fake great white shark on display at the Manhattan Beach Pier. A white shark bit a swimmer as a fisherman was trying to reel it in from the pier.
Fishing is no longer allowed at the Manhattan Beach Pier after a juvenile great white shark bit a swimmer as it was caught on a fishing line.
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California officials say they won't cite the fishermen who hooked a great white shark that bit a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach pier.

Authorities say the 7-foot shark was thrashing to get free from the line for more than 40 minutes Saturday before it bit a swimmer who was treated at a hospital.

It's illegal to fish for great whites in California.

The fishermen said they accidentally hooked the shark and didn't immediately cut the line because they hoped to guide it away from people in the water.

Capt. Rebecca Hartman of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife tells the Los Angeles Times there's no reason to believe they were targeting sharks.

Meanwhile, city officials have banned pier fishing until September while they consider new regulations.

This story has been updated.