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- 09/29/18--14:10: ‘I Got Bit’: Rescuers Help Shark Attack Victim to Safety
- 09/29/18--16:51: Memorial Services Held for Fallen Caltrans Worker
- 09/29/18--16:49: Toreros Extend PFL Win Streak
- 09/29/18--18:46: Body Found at Rancho Bernardo Shopping Center
- 09/29/18--19:26: Man Found Stabbed on Barona Reservation
- 09/29/18--22:55: Man Shot, Killed in El Cajon
- 09/30/18--00:02: Decorating Homes and Transforming Lives for Free
- 09/30/18--09:22: Kellyanne Conway: 'I'm a Victim of Sexual Assault'
- 09/30/18--11:22: 'Intentional' Car Explosion Leaves 1 Dead in Penn.
- 09/30/18--09:58: Man Ejected From Car, Killed After Multi-Car Crash
- 09/30/18--10:35: Thieves Steal 20-30 Shark Sighting Warning Signs: Lifeguards
- 09/30/18--12:41: At Least 10 Hurt After Airport Shuttle Crash
- 09/30/18--18:20: Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Carlsbad Solo Crash
- 09/30/18--20:21: Two Storms Headed for San Diego Region
- 09/30/18--15:45: Haunted House, Anyone? San Diego’s Top 3 are Now Open
- 09/30/18--17:03: Local Filmmaker, Psychologist Helping Las Vegas Survivors
- 09/30/18--22:00: Evidence Doesn't Support Claim Against Kavanaugh: Prosecutor
- 09/30/18--23:51: LeBron James Makes Debut as Lakers in San Diego
- 09/30/18--23:29: Miramar Landfill to Close Sundays, Summer Holidays
- 10/01/18--06:22: Encinitas Beach to Reopen After Weekend Shark Attack
Chad Hammel said he was catching lobster at Beacon’s Beach Saturday morning when he heard a teenage boy scream. “And I just thought [he] got like a big one, and I was happy for him.”
Hammel quickly realized, however, that the boy wasn’t yelling in excitement.
“He kept screaming, and then like I kinda heard, ‘I got bit.’” Hammel quickly took action, paddling toward the boy.
He said there was blood in the water all around the boy. “His entire back was open,” he said. “You could tell the shark bit him in the clavicle, ripped open everything in the back, and then the top teeth came down and got his cheek.
He said a lifeguard grabbed the kayak and started swimming toward the shore while Hammel paddled the kayak.
“We got him in past the shore and everything, but the shark followed,” he said. “We got him in past the surf, brought him up, helicopter came.”
Hammel said they were in about 15 feet of water while the boy was in about 10 feet of water. “When he got bit he didn’t swim towards the shore, he panicked and started swimming towards, you know, us,” he said. “He was just trying to swim to somebody. He just needed help. He just kept yelling.”
There were three rescuers in total, including an off-duty police officer and a state parks lifeguard.
The victim is in critical condition and Rady Children’s Hospital.
“When I heard about "Cas" I was like my hand went over my heart. I was like God took the wrong person,” Al Beaupre of Caltrans told NBC 7.
A Navy veteran and Caltrans maintenance worker, William Casdorph, also called “Cas,” always went by the book.
“He always went out of his way to make sure that you did things right and you did things the safe way,” Beaupre said.
Casdorph died on Sept. 19 after falling 60 feet from an SR-163 overpass.
A private funeral mass was held Saturday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Chula Vista. A private committal service and a private viewing were held afterward.
“Our maintenance folks, they do a difficult, hard job every day,” said Caltrans director they're out most nights and what we hope for them is that they make it home to their own families at the end of the day and unfortunately he did not make it home to his own family and so we're all missing him. "
He is the 189th California Caltrans worker to lose his life on the job.
Governor Jerry Brown sent his own condolences calling “Cas” a dedicated public servant who worked to make our roads safer for nearly two decades."
He worked for 19 years for Caltrans most recently as a maintenance leadworker.
He is survived by his wife, Maria and three daughters, Priscilla, Wendy and Ana.
“This is the guy who didn't cut any of the rules, that did everything by the book,” Beaupre added. “It makes it that much harder to take. It’s heartbreaking it really is.”
Caltrans has set up the William Casdorph Memorial Fund.
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The last time the University of San Diego lost a Pioneer League football game was Oct. 10, 2015, at Dayton. The last time the Toreros lost a PFL game at home was Oct. 9, 2010, also against Dayton.
So even though they came into Saturday’s game against Stetson with a 1-2 record while the Hatters were 3-0, it’s easy to understand why USD was a 29.5-point favorite. It’s also not surprising they covered.
San Diego whipped Stetson 49-10 at Torero Stadium in their first conference game of 2018. Quarterback Anthony Lawrence, a Grossmont High alum, completed 28 of 33 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns with no turnovers. In the process, he passed Josh Johnson for second all-time on the Toreros all-time passing yards list. He also ran for a score.
Lawrence’s favorite target was wide receiver Michael Bandy, who hauled in eight passes for 135 yards and two scores. Not to be forgotten was running back Terrence Smith, who rushed seven times for 83 yards and two scores. Smith took off on a 37-yard TD run in the first half to put USD up 28-0.
Next week the Toreros head to Kentucky to face Morehead State in another PFL game. That one will start at 9 a.m. San Diego time.
The Toreros have won 31 straight conference games at home.
A body was found in a parking lot of a Rancho Bernardo grocery store Friday afternoon, police said.
The body was found around 4 p.m. in or near a vehicle in the parking lot of the Albertsons at the corner of Rancho Bernardo and Pomerado roads, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Tansey said.
The victim died of unknown circumstances though police have yet to rule it suspicious, he said.
The investigation was ongoing.
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A man was found with a stabbing wound on the Barona Reservation on Saturday afternoon, sheriff's deputies said.
The man was discovered around 3 p.m. on the 2000 block of Kuunyaa Way, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded along with the fire department and the victim was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, deputies said.
The man's condition was unknown at this time.
Investigators are still on the scene trying to determine what happened.
No other information was available.
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Yellow caution tape surrounds the scene of the incident.
A man was shot and killed in El Cajon on Friday evening, police said.
El Cajon police received a call of shots fired and a man gunned down just before 6 p.m. in the 600 block of Emerald Avenue, Lt. Jason Taub said.
Police and the El Cajon Fire Department responded to the scene to find a Hispanic man lying on the street with a gunshot wound, he said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.
"Right now we're working with witnesses to determine the reason for the incident," Taub said.
Emerald Avenue will shut down between West Washington Avenue and Chamberlain Avenue for at least four to six hours for the investigation, he said.
The man's identity has not been released.
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A new South Bay company is turning donations into entire homes for families who were once homeless.
For the past month, Humble Design has been stocking lightly-used goods donated by people throughout San Diego County.
“We have books, we get books donated, we get TVs and electronics donated for us,” Humble Designed operation manager Manny Moreno said. “We have kitchen stuff, we have toys, we have picture frames.”
It’s the kind of stuff that most people take for granted but it’s stuff that Humble Design uses to furnish homes for people taking another step out of homelessness.
“We have décor for walls, art for restrooms, plants, coffee makers, even functional things like kitchen appliances,” Moreno said.
Humble Design picks up donations twice a week and designers then work with clients to choose what fits them best.
“If we’re able to help one more family, that’s great,” said Joe Brennan, a designer for Humble Design. “If we’re able to help thousands more families, it’s amazing.”
And the families get to keep it, free and forever.
“it’s overwhelming the emotion that can happen,” Rob Strasberg said. He is the co-CEO of Humble Design.
The company has created homes for almost a thousand families in four cities, including San Diego.
“I got the chills just thinking about it,” Moreno said.
The chills happen when the once-homeless family gets more than a roof over their head. But it’s the stuff all of us take for granted that hits him the most.
“When these kids walk in the room for the first time, they don’t even second look at the toys,” he said. “They go straight for their bed.”
“I’ve never been excited for a bed before in my entire life,” he said. “I’ve been excited for toys or games but to see a little kid excited for a piece of furniture, it gets really emotional.”
It’s the little things that add to one big thing — restoring someone’s dignity.
“Sometimes they break down crying,” Strasberg said. “Sometimes they’re overjoyed and start screaming but every single time is as much as we’re giving them, they give so much to us because it feels so good to help.”
Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, said during a conversation about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Sunday that she had been the victim of sexual assault, NBC News reported.
“I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape,” Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union" before clearing her throat and adding, "I’m a victim of sexual assault.”
Conway, in an intense and emotional conversation with Jake Tapper, agreed that all victims need to be heard. But she expressed frustration that all sexual assault allegations get lumped together, condemning comparisons of Kavanaugh to people like Bill Cosby and Bill Clinton. She said that “raw partisan politics" led to the situation for Kavanaugh, who is facing one allegation of sexual assault and three allegations of sexual misconduct.
And when asked how her own experience affects her work for a president who has been accused of sexual assault and harassment by some 19 women, Conway said, "Don’t conflate that with this. And certainly don’t conflate it with what happened to me. It would be a huge mistake. Let’s not always bring Trump into everything that happens in this universe.”
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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters at the White House, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.
NOTE: Officials will provide an update on the investigation Sunday at 4 p.m. You catch it in the video player above.
At least one person died in an "intentional" car explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Saturday night, officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed.
The vehicle exploded in the 700 block of West Turner Street near North Hall Street around 9:30 p.m. One person was killed but officials have not ruled out additional injuries or fatalities.
One neighbor told NBC10 that his entire apartment building shook after the explosion. Another said it sounded like fireworks going off in the street.
"We heard a big blast and we ran out to our balcony to see if we could see anything," neighbor Jonathan Pack said. "My gut reaction was bomb."
Police initially reported at least two people were injured. Shortly after midnight, ATF officials confirmed that one person had died.
Dozens of ATF agents responded to the scene, which they said appeared to be a "criminal matter." County, state and federal officials are also involved in the ongoing investigation. Local residents were advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes around the crime scene.
On Facebook, Allentown Councilman Courtney A. Robinson expressed sympathy for the victim and the community at large, and warned that "this will be a complicated investigation and it will take time until we know what happened."
The FBI said on Twitter that it was working with other agencies and "to assess the situation and determine the cause, with public safety the bureau's highest priority." Officials asked anyone who witnessed the blast or had information about it to contact investigators.
Neighbors, meanwhile, described a confusing and terrifying scene moments after the blast tore through the area.
"Everyone was pretty panicked and talked about leaving town," Pack said. "It was pretty nerve-wracking."
A viewer shared a video of the aftermath of the explosion. The video shows a car engulfed in flames, as well as what appears to be body parts on the ground.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
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A man was hit and killed after being involved in a multi-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 15 in Valley Center early Saturday morning.
A Volkswagen rear-ended a Dodge Ram around 4:15 a.m. near Gopher Canyon Road, leaving the Volkswagen sticking out partially in the road.
About four minutes later, a Dodge Magnum struck the Volkswagen, sending it into a spin.
The Volkswagen’s driver was ejected from the car into the middle of the road.
A minute later, the driver was hit by another car and instantly killed. He was also hit by at least one other car that fled the scene.
The drivers of the other two cars had cuts and were treated at the hospital.
All lanes of northbound I-15 were closed for four hours after the incident.
The crash remains under investigation.
“Please don’t take the signs,” Marine Safety Captain with the Encinitas Lifeguard Department, Larry Giles implored at a press conference Sunday morning while giving an update on Saturday’s shark attack at Beacon’s Beach. “You’re stealing public property.”
Giles said the department is ordering $800 worth in new signs warning swimmers to stay out of the water while they investigate for sharks because people have stolen between 20 and 30 of the signs.
Giles said his team has followed up with the San Diego Sherriff’s Department after witnesses reported the license plates of some of the alleged thieves.
A 13-year-old boy sustained ear and shoulder injuries after being bitten by a shark early in the morning Saturday. He is in the hospital in critical condition.
Encinitas Lifeguards placed upwards of 70 warning signs at beaches from Carlsbad to Encinitas Saturday.
While the beaches are open, the water from Ponto Beach to Swami’s is closed until 7 a.m. Monday – or possibly longer if lifeguards deem it unsafe.
The signs cost several dollars each, according to Giles.
“We want to have those signs on hand if we have to re-establish those signs in the future,” he added.
Despite the closure, surfers were seen in the water at Swami’s Beach Sunday morning.
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Several ambulances responded for 10 patients after an airport shuttle crashed into multiple vehicles on North Harbor Drive late Sunday morning, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue.
There is no information on the extent of injuries.
The San Diego Airport advised on Twitter to allow extra time to get to the airport since only one lane is expected to be open on North Harbor Drive for the next 90 minutes.
Check back on this breaking story for updates.
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A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a solo crash Sunday morning, police said.
The 54-year-old driver crashed shortly before 11 a.m. on Tamarack Avenue, east of Edinburgh Drive near Calavera Hills Community Park, Carlsbad police Lt. Christie Calderwood said.
When officers arrived, they found the man lying in the roadway near his damaged motorcycle, she said.
He was transported by the Carlsbad Fire Department to an area hospital.
The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, Calderwood said.
The condition and identity of the man have not been released.
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As the remnants of Hurricane Rosa started to drop rain in the San Diego region Sunday night, another system is heading toward Southern California.
Rain from the now downgraded tropical cyclone Rosa started falling in parts of Chula Vista and La Mesa on Sunday evening but more rain is expected overnight into Monday morning through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency issued a beach hazards statement Sunday because of the elevated surfs from Rosa. The highest surf is expected late Sunday through Monday evening, the NWS said.
“Strong longshore currents and rip currents will occur,” the agency said.
Rosa will bring showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the mountain and deserts after midnight Sunday, but the rainfall is expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, the agency said.
Coastal San Diego is on the western periphery of the storm and will experience scatter to numerous showers, according to the NWS.
The bulk of the storm will move into Arizona on Monday.
On Wednesday, a Pacific storm will move into the Southern California region, bringing with it a chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly in the mountain area, the NWS said.
The storm is expected dump less than a quarter of an inch in the San Diego region, according to the NWS.
The system is expected to weaken and move inland by Thursday, the agency said.
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A girl enjoying the rain at the La Mesa Oktoberfest on Sunday.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween in San Diego! The county’s three main haunted houses are all open as of this weekend to begin scaring guests through Halloween night...and perhaps your dreams for longer?
Located on Fourth and Market, the Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s longest running haunted house. Now in its 26th year, the unassuming building will boast an all-new Hellevator this year along with the “wrong turn” hillbilly swamp, Mutant Mine Shaft and a clownish surprise. Tickets start at $20 and the haunt runs Wednesdays through Sundays and select Mondays and Tuesdays. Be advised, Wednesdays are “lights out,” which means guests will have nothing to light their way but a glow stick. Reader’s Digest recently rated the Haunted Hotel as one of the 15 scariest haunted hotels in the country for 2018.
Just a few miles away, nestled among the sculptured gardens and Canary Island Pines of Balboa Park, is the Haunted Trail. This haunted house without walls takes guests on a mile-long hike through the Island of Misfit Toys, Camp Crystal Lake the Ghoul Bus in Derry, Maine, where “It” lives and the Stranger Things House. Tickets start at $25 and the maze runs from Wednesdays and select Mondays and Tuesdays.
Rounding out the three haunts is the Scream Zone at Del Mar. San Diego’s largest haunt, the Scream Zone offers three different attractions. Those brave enough to join the Haunted Hayride will get to take an eerie tour of the racetrack and stables at night with a few ghosts and ghouls along the way. The House of Horror takes guests back to the year 666 for the Medieval Butcher’s Menu and KarnEvil twists fairy tales into something resembling more of a nightmare. Tickets start at $21 and the haunts run Wednesdays through Sundays and the last Monday and Tuesday before Halloween.
Scared? Don’t worry, running for your life is great exercise.
Both the Haunted Trail and Haunted Hotel were listed as one of the top 20 haunted houses in America by the Travel Channel in 2013.
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One year after the mass shooting in Las Vegas took so many lives, a San Diego psychologist and documentary filmmaker are helping the victims work through their emotional scars.
On Oct. 1, 2017, a shooter in the Mandalay Bay killed 58 people are the Route 94 Harvest Festival, making it the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Nearly 500 people were injured.
Horacio Jones of CinemaViva is working on a film about the San Diego lives changed by the shooting. “I started doing research on the tragedy and looking at videos and it just really got to my heart,” Jones told NBC 7. “I find myself enthralled with it and also frightened and you know feeling compassion for these people it became even more so once I actually met the survivors.”
One of those survivors is clinical psychologist Dr. Shiva Ghaed. “I have snapshot memories of seeing bodies being carried, just an enormous pool of blood on the ground and then I just kind of blacked out,” she remembered. She said she thought she was going to die.
After the shooting, however, she founded a weekly support group at InCahoots in Mission Valley to help local survivors with their trauma. Also, she just wrote a book to help survivors heal.
“For the survivors themselves, for the people’s whose lives were impacted sometimes it doesn’t feel like life moves on so quickly,” she said.
And while Jones is interviewing local survivors, he hopes to bring his documentary to a national audience. “We realize there’s a much bigger story that needs to be told."
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The Las Vegas Strip and skyline including various hotels and casinos are seen at night in Las Vegas, Nevada, in this photograph taken October 18, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
No reasonable prosecutor would bring sexual assault charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh based on the public evidence, the prosecutor whom Republicans hired to ask the questions during last week's Senate hearing said in a memo to senators, NBC News reported.
In the memo, which was sent to all Republican senators and was obtained Sunday night by NBC News, Rachel Mitchell, the deputy county attorney in charge of the Special Victims Division in Maricopa County, Arizona, said her "bottom line" was that "a 'he said, she said' case is incredibly difficult to prove."
"But this case is even weaker than that," Mitchell wrote. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them."
"I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee," she wrote.
During her Senate testimony, Christine Blasey Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegation.
The FBI is conducting a one-week supplementary investigation after the Judiciary Committee cleared Kavanaugh's nomination on a party-line vote last week.
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Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.
Lebron James played his first NBA game action as a Los Angeles Laker on Sunday in San Diego.
The Lakers lost 124-107 to the Denver Nuggets in an NBA preseason game before a sellout crowd of 13,500 at Valley View Casino Center.
“It was great to get back on the floor and start a new journey for myself," James said. "Hearing the Lakers fans we have here in San Diego, it was a great feeling to go out and hear the roar from the fans here, so very much appreciated.”
James started and played 15 minutes, scoring 9 points, getting three rebounds and handing out four assists. While there were some glimpses of just how good, the Lakers can be with James, there’s plenty more to iron out as the preseason progresses.
When asked about improvements James said, "Everything. Got to get better at everything."
James, who came straight to the NBA from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Ohio, signed a four-year $153 million free agent contract with the Lakers this offseason after previous stops in Cleveland and Miami.
“It always feels different anytime you change uniforms," he said. "Felt different when I changed from wearing a St. Mary’s jersey to a Cavs jersey, from Cavs to a Heat jersey back to the Cavs and now being a Laker, so it definitely feels different. It will take a little time to get used to.”
Lakers coach Luke Walton grew up in San Diego and said Sunday night was another memorable San Diego moment.
"When you're coaching the Lakers and you look out and see LeBron wearing your team's colors, it's a pretty good feeling,” he said.
The Lakers next preseason game is Tuesday in Los Angeles, also against the Nuggets.
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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego.
In a cost-saving measure, the Miramar Landfill will be closed one day a week and on summer holidays starting in October, the city announced this week.
The landfill will be closed Sundays starting in October. It will also be closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
“A six day per week operation will reduce equipment expenditures, as well as improve staff coverage and customer service during the new Monday through Saturday schedule,” Environmental Services Department director Mario X. Sierra said. “The closures will also reduce staff overtime expenses.”
The move is expected to save the city $500,000 annually.
Signs notifying the public of the change will be posted at the site. The landfill continues to be closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The on-site Recycling Center, run by the city's recycling contractor, Allan Company, will also be closed on Sundays to mirror the landfill's schedule.
An Encinitas beach is expected to reopen Monday after 48 hours without a sighting of the shark that attacked a teenage boy over the weekend.
Keane Hayes, 13 of Encinitas, was lobster fishing when he was bitten by the shark in the ear, shoulder and back, around 6:55 a.m. on Saturday.
He was taken by helicopter to Rady Children's Hospital in La Jolla where he remains in serious condition. The hospital said Hayes was expected to make a full recovery.
Witnesses described hearing screams from the boy before seeing a pool of blood in the water, where about 30 people were lobster fishing in about 9 feet of water off Beacon's Beach.
Chad Hammel realized what was happening when he heard Hayes yell, "I got bit."
"I paddled to him," he said. "And there was a big wake of blood behind him. His entire back was open. The shark hit him in the clavicle. The shark’s top teeth got him in his cheek."
Two other men also helped with the rescue before lifeguards took over on shore.
Cal State Long Beach Shark Lab Director Chris Lowe said the quick response from first responders likely helped save the teen's life.
"Even a small bite from a big shark can do a lot of damage. But, having good first responders nearby has been the difference between people living and not," Lowe said.
His team is using new techniques to help Encinitas lifeguards identify what type of shark bit Hayes.
"We're working very closely with the Encinitas lifeguards to try and sort out what species was involved, the size of the shark and more about the behaviors so we can better advise the public," Lowe said.
So far, the animal has only been described as 11 feet long.
The team is taking swabs of Hayes' wetsuit to identify DNA from the shark. If the shark is spotted again, the water can also be tested for DNA, Lowe said.
"We hope to have some DNA evidence back in the next week that might help us confirm what kind of species it is," he said.
The water from Ponto Beach in Carlsbad to Swamis in Encinitas was closed for 48 hours but expected to reopen at 7 a.m. on Monday.
After the attack, the beach was full of signs saying the area was closed to swimmers lifeguards were on wave runners actively warning people to stay out of the water. Encinitas Lifeguards said people were stealing the signs and they had to order about $800 worth of replacements.
Despite the closure, surfers were seen in the water at Swami's Beach Sunday morning.
The shark has not been seen since the attack, though there were non-threatening sharks in the water, Giles said at a 4 p.m. news conference Saturday.
The Carlsbad Police Department is using a drone to check to look for any sharks that may be a threat and Encinitas Lifeguards are scanning the waters on jet skis.
Other agencies helping with the investigation are California State Park Lifeguards, Solana Beach Lifeguards, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Encinitas and Carlsbad fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard is aware of the incident.
In April 2017, a woman was attacked by a shark in the waters off San Onofre State Beach near Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The last time a shark attack has been deadly in San Diego County was in Solana Beach in 2008.
A Go Fund Me page has been created to help with Hayes medical bills.