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Surfer is bitten by shark in Humboldt County, seriously injured

October 30, 2012 |  7:09 pm

A 25-year-old surfer was seriously injured Tuesday when he was bitten by a shark in Humboldt County, authorities said.

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. 

In Tuesday's incident, the surfer was bitten shortly before noon 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.

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.

The man was expected to survive, according to the Times-Standard, which reported that the shark was probably a great white, based on the bite marks on the surfboard.

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