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Officials: Sea lion pulled man with fish to bottom of bay

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Sea Lion. From Getty Images.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say a 62-year-old man holding a fish he caught on a boat in a San Diego bay was pulled overboard by a sea lion.

San Diego lifeguards tell the Los Angeles Times that the man was posing for a photo when the sea lion, apparently attempting to get the fish, bit on the man’s arm instead and pulled him to the bottom of the 20 feet of water in Mission Bay until he was let go and rose to the surface.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Capt. Joe Amador says in a report by U-T San Diego that the animal lunged over a railing on the boat and latched onto his hand and the fish around 4 p.m..

He says the man had cuts on his hands and feet and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

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