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Caleb Adam – one in a line of San Diego shark victims

Bit in Del Mar on torso, arm, hand

1989 Reader story on Robert Pamperin
1989 Reader story on Robert Pamperin

On June 2, swimmer Caleb Adams was the 25th victim of a reported shark attack in San Diego County since 1950.

And while San Diego County has the most reported shark attack incidents in California, including the recent attack on the 46-year-old swimmer — the attacks haven't cast any shade over the sunny shores of Del Mar and the rest of our county. Our beaches have been packed since summer started.

In a recent interview, Lillie R. of Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop opined, "A baby two-foot-long shark" attacked Adams. She surfs closer to the shore from where the attack occurred and knows personally of the rescue efforts as "he was attacked out closer to the buoys."

Lillie said she was more concerned about "sting rays in the area."


That Sunday after 9 am, the shark bit Adams's left arm, torso, and hand, said the city of Del Mar in a mainstream news report. The lifeguards rescued Adams, brought him in by the Beach Safety Center on 17th Street, and rushed him to the hospital. After receiving treatment, he was released on June 4.

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When I asked if Lillie was worried about sharks, she said she was more concerned about "sting rays in the area."

However, other San Diegans are growing more paranoid of the Great Whites as the first Jaws movie's June 20 (1975) release date approaches, and Shark Week runs from July 7 to July 13.

"Shark attacks are super scary here because a couple of people have died in our county," said Jacob Stevens, a local bodyboarder. "I think your magazine posted about one of them."

On June 14, 1959, Robert Pamperin, a 33-year-old Convair engineer, went skin diving for abalone off La Jolla Cove — reads a 1989 Reader story. A friend accompanied Pamperin, and later that same friend reportedly claimed to have witnessed the missing diver being swallowed by a shark.

In April 2008, Dave Martin and his triathlon training buddies were swimming by Solana Beach when a shark reportedly attacked Martin. Martin died shortly after.

Of the other 22 reported shark attacks in our countywide waters in the last 74 years, five of the victims had major injuries, eight had minor injuries, and nine shark attack incidents had no injuries.

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1989 Reader story on Robert Pamperin
1989 Reader story on Robert Pamperin

On June 2, swimmer Caleb Adams was the 25th victim of a reported shark attack in San Diego County since 1950.

And while San Diego County has the most reported shark attack incidents in California, including the recent attack on the 46-year-old swimmer — the attacks haven't cast any shade over the sunny shores of Del Mar and the rest of our county. Our beaches have been packed since summer started.

In a recent interview, Lillie R. of Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop opined, "A baby two-foot-long shark" attacked Adams. She surfs closer to the shore from where the attack occurred and knows personally of the rescue efforts as "he was attacked out closer to the buoys."

Lillie said she was more concerned about "sting rays in the area."


That Sunday after 9 am, the shark bit Adams's left arm, torso, and hand, said the city of Del Mar in a mainstream news report. The lifeguards rescued Adams, brought him in by the Beach Safety Center on 17th Street, and rushed him to the hospital. After receiving treatment, he was released on June 4.

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When I asked if Lillie was worried about sharks, she said she was more concerned about "sting rays in the area."

However, other San Diegans are growing more paranoid of the Great Whites as the first Jaws movie's June 20 (1975) release date approaches, and Shark Week runs from July 7 to July 13.

"Shark attacks are super scary here because a couple of people have died in our county," said Jacob Stevens, a local bodyboarder. "I think your magazine posted about one of them."

On June 14, 1959, Robert Pamperin, a 33-year-old Convair engineer, went skin diving for abalone off La Jolla Cove — reads a 1989 Reader story. A friend accompanied Pamperin, and later that same friend reportedly claimed to have witnessed the missing diver being swallowed by a shark.

In April 2008, Dave Martin and his triathlon training buddies were swimming by Solana Beach when a shark reportedly attacked Martin. Martin died shortly after.

Of the other 22 reported shark attacks in our countywide waters in the last 74 years, five of the victims had major injuries, eight had minor injuries, and nine shark attack incidents had no injuries.

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