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La Jolla beaches reopen after great white sighting

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Lifeguards say La Jolla Shores in San Diego has been reopened to swimmers and surfers in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The beach was closed Monday after a lifeguard spotted what appeared to be a great white shark about 50 yards off the coast.

Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan tells City News Service the shark, which measured between 12 feet and 15 feet, was spotted about 3:15 p.m. from the main lifeguard tower at La Jolla Shores.

He says the water was closed from the Marine Room to Scripps Pier and out to the half-mile buoy.

Boats and a helicopter helped lifeguards search for the shark but it was not seen again.

The water was reopened early Tuesday.


This is the latest update. The original story is below.

 

LA JOLLA (CNS) - A shark, believed to be a great white, was spotted Monday about 50 yards off the coast at La Jolla Shores, prompting lifeguards to close the ocean to swimmers and surfers.

A lifeguard spotted the 12- to 15-foot-long shark about 3:15 p.m., headed south just outside the surf line about 50 yards from the main lifeguard tower at La Jolla Shores, according to city Lifeguard Lt. Greg Buchanan.

Waters from the Marine Room to Scripps Pier out to the half-mile buoy were closed, and lifeguards were warning people in surrounding areas about the sighting, Buchanan said.

Lifeguards searched for the shark from the shore and with the assistance of boats and a helicopter, Buchanan said.

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