Updated 12:23 p.m. Beaches reopen after latest SoCal shark sightings
A milelong stretch of Southern California beach has reopened after the sighting of several large sharks had shut it down.
Officials in the city of Huntington Beach said swimmers and surfers were allowed back in the water at 11 a.m. Tuesday. It was the second closure because of sharks in as many days.
A sheriff's helicopter crew saw the sharks Sunday and Monday. Some of the predators were estimated to be at least 8 feet long and 150 yards from shore.
The sightings came about a week after a swimmer was attacked by a shark about 15 miles south at Corona Del Mar State Beach.
The woman suffered a large bite but is expected to survive. The shark that attacked her was not found.
8:11 a.m. New shark sightings force beach closures
A new set of shark sightings has forced closures of Orange County beaches near the site of an attack late last month.
Authorities reopened a 2-mile stretch of Sunset Beach and Surfside Beach that shut down after several sharks were spotted Sunday off the coast by a sheriff's helicopter crew, then shut down Sunset Beach again about five hours later after another sighting of three large sharks by lifeguards.
Maria Korcsmaros — a mother and triathlete — was attacked May 29 at Corona del Mar State Beach, doctors said. The shark that attacked her was not found.
Korcsmaros, 52, was expected to recover from the bite she received, and in a newly released photograph appeared smiling in her hospital bed.
The photo shows Korcsmaros grinning and wearing a gown with a cast covering nearly the entire length of her right arm. It was taken Thursday and provided by the Orange County Global Medical Center as she recovers from a large bite wound that stretches from her shoulder to her pelvis.
The large single bite she suffered suggests the shark was over 10 feet long and most likely a great white, said Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach.
Closures following a shark sighting typically last between 12 to 24 hours.
This story has been updated.