Shark attack forces beach evacuation as man suffers bite to leg and stomach

A horror shark attack at a popular beach saw crowds of sunseekers flee in panic.

One man had to be hospitalised after suffering serious bite injuries to his stomach and leg following the incident at Lovers Point Beach in Monterey Bay, California.

He had been surfing about 150 yards out into the sea at 10:35am local time on Wednesday (June 22) when he was set upon by the sea mammal.

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All people at the beach were ordered to evacuate following the attack, with firefighters later using drones to search for the shark.

No further sightings of the creature have been reported, while the beach remained closed on Wednesday evening.

A statement from Pacific Grove Police Department said: "Pacific Grove Police Officers, Monterey Fire Department, American Medical Response (AMR), and State Parks were quickly on scene.

"The adult male swimmer sustained significant injuries from the shark bite and was transported to Natividad Hospital by AMR.

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"In an abundance of caution, the Monterey Fire Department, with the assistance of the Seaside Fire Department, deployed a drone to conduct an aerial search of the area for the shark."

"At the time of this release, there have been no additional sightings. The area will continue to be monitored during the closure."

The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

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