Encinitas City Council honors teen attacked by shark for bravery


Keane Webre-Hayes, center, displays a certificate presented by the Encinitas City Council on Wednesday, Nov. 28, that honored the teenager for bravery in surviving a great white shark attack on Sept. 29 near the city’s Beacon’s Beach.

Council members also honored Matthew Ephron, an Oceanside Police officer (to Keane’s left), Chad Hammel (to Ephron’s left), and state park officer Andrew Helble (pictured on video screen), with a proclamation exalting their roles in rescuing Keane.

The 13-year-old incurred shark-bite wounds to his face, an ear, a shoulder, an arm and back. To Keane’s right is Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and Councilman Joe Mosca. They are joined by fellow council members, plus emergency service providers who were involved with Keane’s rescue.