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Three Beaches Closed After Great White Shark Kills Man in Solana Beach

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Aired 4/19/09

Three San Diego County beaches are shut down today after a great white shark attacked and killed a man in Solana Beach this morning. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Sixty-six year old Dave Martin was swimming with a group friends about 150 yards offshore when the Great White attacked.

Deputy Fire chief Dismas Abelman says the man’s legs suffered deep jagged lacerations, from the upper thighs to the lower shin.

Abelman : The shark had either a single or multiple bites and did extremely serious damage and so the medics on scene have the ability to pronounce them dead on the scene if there's no potential for surviving.

The shark was not found but marine biologists believe it was anywhere from 12 to 17 feet long. Fire officials say the beaches will remain closed through the weekend.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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