A SWIMMER was rushed to hospital after being attacked by a seal near a Devon beach.
People have now been warned to avoid swimming in the sea to avoid similar attacks.
A swimmer was attacked by a seal near a Devon beach on Tuesday[/caption]
The incident took place near the Shoalstone Pool off the coast of Brixham on Tuesday morning.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has said it keeps no record of seal attacks, which it called “infrequent”.
Seals are regularly seen in the area, particularly in the nearby harbour.
The seal may have been trying to protect its pups during the attack, DevonLive reported.
Torbay’s RNLI branch posted on social media: “Warning to anyone thinking of swimming off the rocks outside the Shoalstone Pool or in that general area of coastline today.
“A person has been attacked by a seal there this morning and has been taken to hospital for treatment.
“So don’t swim in that area and stick to the sea pool itself which is safe and supervised by a lifeguard.
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“Please share with anyone who you think may be likely to swim in the area.”
Last summer a seal attacked a man in Mill Bay Cove in Devon, leaving him bloodied.
The seal swam underneath him before hitting him in the back and biting his leg.
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