Encinitas lifeguard enters tower
An Encinitas lifeguard enters a tower on the nearly deserted beach. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Beacon’s Beach in the Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas will remain closed until Monday morning following the shark attack that injured a 13-year-old boy.

Encinitas officials said there have not been additional sightings, but lifeguards and San Diego Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the area, and Carlsbad Police will be flying drones.

The boy was diving for spiny lobster early Saturday on the first day of the season when he was bitten by the shark. After the attack, he was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he is in critical condition.

Dr. Chris Lowe, director of the shark laboratory at Cal State Long Beach, is assisting authorities in an effort to determine the shark’s species.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.