MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -

State officials don't plan to cite fishermen who hooked a great white shark that bit a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach pier.

Authorities say the 7-foot shark was thrashing to get free from the line for more than 40 minutes on Saturday before it bit a swimmer, who was treated at a hospital.

It's illegal to fish for great whites in California.

The fishermen said they accidentally hooked the shark and didn't immediately cut the line because they hoped to guide it away from people in the water.

Capt. Rebecca Hartman of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife tells the Los Angeles Times there's no reason to believe they were targeting sharks.