MALIBU, Calif. -- Authorities said a kayaker was bitten by a shark in the waters west of Malibu and was taken to the hospital with cuts to the top of his foot, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman said the kayaker, who was fishing with a friend Saturday afternoon, reported that he was dangling his feet in the water when a shark came up, bumped against or bit his foot before swimming away.
The wounded kayaker, described as a man in his 20s, flagged down a nearby fishing boat and got on board, where he was able to control the bleeding.
Oatman said lifeguards paddled to the boat and accompanied the kayaker back to shore. He was airlifted to Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks and was not expected to lose a limb.
Authorities told CBS Los Angeles the shark that attacked the kayaker was a 10-foot hammerhead shark.
The shark encounter occurred about a mile off the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Deer Creek Road. Beaches in the Malibu area remained open after the attack.