Environment & Science

SoCal beach waters reopen after search for shark

File photo of Newport Beach.
File photo of Newport Beach.
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All beach waters closed following a shark attack Sunday afternoon off the coast of Corona del Mar have reopened as of Wednesday morning, according to Newport Beach city lifeguards. 

The waters were closed in response to what appears to have been a shark attack on Sunday afternoon. Maria Korcsmaros, 52, was swimming about 150 yards off the coast of Corona del Mar when she was attacked. Korcsmaros was hospitalized with wounds consistent with a shark bite. She is recovering at Orange County Global Medical Center.

A one-mile stretch of water along Corona del Mar State Beach was the last remaining area closed as lifeguards searched by boat for signs of the shark and Huntington Beach police assisted by helicopter. No shark was found.

Brent Jacobsen, Newport Beach lifeguard battalion chief, confirmed Wednesday morning that all beaches and ocean waters associated with the incident are now open.