Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Shark attack leaves surfer with 14-inch bite wound

A 25-year-old surfer is expected to recover after being  bitten by a shark in Humboldt County, authorities said.

The surfer was bitten shortly before noon Tuesday while surfing the North Jetty near Eureka Municipal Airport, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department said.

The surfer suffered a 14-inch wound and other injuries. He was loaded into a pickup truck by other surfers and taken to a hospital, authorities said.

"The victim had an approximate 14 inch bite wound and other wounds on his body that required surgery," the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The attack came after a 39-year-old surfer was killed last week after being bitten by an apparent great white shark while riding waves near Lompoc.

Witnesses who were in the water told the Eureka Times-Standard that they heard the victim shouting for help. He appeared to be in shock as surfers tried to stop the bleeding on the shore.

"He was going 'Oh, my God, oh, my God,'" Jason Gabriel said.

A photo shows the man's surfboard with a large bite mark on it.

The victim had surgery on Tuesday and was listed in stable condition.


MTA bus crashes into building in downtown L.A.

Boy in neo-Nazi death: Do 'people get more than one [life]?'

Officials seek clues after woman's body found in car trunk in Azusa

— Robert J. Lopez and Shelby Grad


Photo: A surfboard shows evidence of a shark attack near Eureka. Credit: KTLA News.

Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: