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Shark attack leaves surfer with 14-inch bite wound

October 31, 2012 |  8:32 am

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.


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