California: Swimmer bitten by shark at Lovers Point Beach

Press Release

Chief Cathy Madalone
City of Pacific Grove, Police Department

June 22, 2022

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Shark Bite at Lovers Point Beach

Pacific Grove, California:

On June 22, 2022, at approximately 10:35 am, officers responded to the report of a shark attack
at Lovers Point Beach. 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

The city will follow State Parks protocol, so the beach at Lovers Point and Sea Palm turnout
has been closed and will remain closed until Saturday, June 25, 2022.

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.

We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans that took
immediate action and personal risk to assist the swimmer. We thank our partners at the US
Coast Guard and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. In addition, we thank our CERT team
members who responded to help with the beach closures to keep the community safe.

We send our prayers and thoughts to the swimmer and their family.

Source: Pacific Grove Police Department

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