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T Street. Photo: Andrea Swayne
T Street, San Clemente. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Three shark sightings in the waters off of San Clemente have prompted the closure of a 2-mile stretch of beach—1 mile north and 1 mile south of T Street—according to the city’s Marine Safety department.

On Thursday at around 7 p.m. a fisherman reported seeing a shark near the Pier and a second sighting was reported by a surfer near T Street Beach on Friday at 11:30 a.m., said Marine Safety Officer, Ian Burton.

“Following today’s 11:30 a.m. sighting the shark was spotted a third time by a lifeguard on a Jet Ski who went out to evacuate the water,” Burton said. “He trailed behind the shark for about an hour and a half. It was estimated to be about 6 to 7 feet long but we were unable to identify the species.”

Marine Safety contacted the State Lifeguards and the two authorities closed the beach at noon on Friday and posted warning signs.

“Unless we have another sighting the beach should reopen Saturday at noon,” Burton said.

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