13-year-old boy attacked by shark in Encinitas released from hospital

Keane Webre-Hayes, 13, was attacked by a shark in the San Diego area on Sept. 29, 2018. (Ellie Hayes)

A 13-year-old boy attacked by a shark off the coast of Encinitas was released from the hospital Thursday.

Keane Webre-Hayes was lobster diving with friends on Saturday, when he dove about 9 feet down and was attacked. Doctors said the shark caused injuries to Keane's back, torso, left arm, shoulder and left side of his face, according to KGTV in San Diego.

Three good Samaritans heard Keane's cries for help, placed him on a kayak and got him to shore. There, the group applied pressure to his wounds to stop the heavy bleeding. During a Monday press conference, doctors said Keane's biggest risk was blood loss.

He was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital and underwent surgery.

On Monday, Keane's mother, Ellie Hayes, said she wanted her son to share his story of the attack whenever he is ready.

"This is Keane's story. It belongs to him," she said. "I wasn't out there and I can't imagine, and I'm sure he'll share it when he's ready. I just want to tell him that I love him from the bottom of my heart."

Scientists at the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach are testing Keane's wetsuit for shark DNA to determine what type attacked him.

A GoFundMe was set up to help with Keane's medical bills and has raised more than $35,000, surpassing the goal of $20,000.
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