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Two men carry a swimmer after he was bitten by a great white shark off Southern California's Manhattan Beach on Saturday. / Laura Joyce, AP

A 7-foot-long, juvenile great white shark attacked a swimmer Saturday morning near Southern California's Manhattan Beach pier, authorities said.

The unidentified swimmer, who suffered a bite wound on the right side of his rib cage, was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, the L.A. Timesreports.

The shark was hooked to a fisherman's line. The long-distance swimmer got close and was bitten while the shark was tearing through the line at about 9:30 a.m., according to L.A. County Fire Department's public information desk via Twitter.

The shark was hooked by the fisherman for 40 minutes before the attack, the department said.

The beach remained open, but one mile north and south of Manhattan Beach was restricted to swimmers after the incident.

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